March 20, 2008

If there is no love, there is nothing else

On February 16th, 2008, for Valentine’s Day, we gathered together as promised to celebrate this event.

Let's celebrate Valentine's Day together!

In total, we brought together about 34 people desiring to take part, so you can understand how joyful the celebration was, especially for us, the organizers, who are always delighted with a large and active turnout.
On this date, outside of representatives from the LGBT community, we had as guests at the celebration our friends from the Peace Corps and Amnesty International Moldova, who, it seems, felt good there beside us, and with whom we shared our joy at loving and being loved.

All together, throughout this gathering, we had parts that were noisy and part that were quiet, interactive games and time for meditation, communication and assimilation of information.

Together we warmed up the atmosphere with lots of good humor and merriment during the team games. We tried to reflect with everyone about the definition of love and its traits and characteristics, different but at the same time common for each of us. We referred to the significance and past associations that this notion has held for each of us. We created a love story, rather unusual at first glance, but true in parts. As we found out later, love is the same in all times, for anyone, male or female. The stories of Ruth and Naomi, David and Jonathan, and Jacob and Rachel tell us of this. You can find these in the book of Ruth, 1-2 Samuel, and Genesis, beginning with chapter 20.

Also, one of the most beautiful definitions of love was one we read altogether, so that in the end each of us would take straight home with them a memory of these words, printed on a picture postcard that was even put together by members of the HD Team...

„Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Follow love.”
(1 Corinthians 13, 14.1)

To complete this marvelous picture, we viewed together video clips with all sorts of couples, homo and heterosexual, on camera. We saw that love has neither limits nor color (we know this). We sparked such a flame of support for love; that which we carry for one another or which we desire with all of our heart. It was a special and moving moment, framed within a space correspondingly arranged, full of bibles and symbols signifying love.

A special message came from our partners as well as sponsors at the MCC, Diane Fisher and Florin Buhuceanu. Diane sent us a video greeting and an invitation for a bible study (which we will communicate with you further about) based on video sessions; material prepared by her personally. Florin sent words of blessing for all people who are or have been truly in love, who have lost or are searching for love, and for everyone who has the courage to love the way they are.

We conversed and got acquainted further over tea and coffee, and ate our fill of delicious desserts. We spoke to one another in a setting where, already from a good beginning, we had found out many interesting things about one another, during the moment when we had made our de rigueur introductions, each in his or her own fashion. In a word, we felt good, a fact which many other participants have communicated to us. You are welcome at our meetings, and, as the great Romanian writer Marin Preda say:

„If love is no love, there is nothing else”

P.S. If you missed the event, are curious, or have pleasant memories of the event, below you will find some of the central thoughts from the messages of that evening, along with links to some of the video clips viewed.
In the pictures you will see the small gifts and symbols of recognition created by the HD team for participants.
We hope that this will help to keep in your heart both beautiful memories in connection with this event, and the warmth of love, which surrounds us.

The HD Team

Romans 13:10
Love does not do evil in its midst: love, therefore, is the fulfillment of the Law

1 John 4:8
Whoever does not love, has not known God, for God is love

1 John 4:16
And we knew and believed in the love that God has towards us. God is love, and who stays in love, stays with god, and God stays in him.

John 3:16
For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, for whoever believes in him shall not perish, but shall have eternal life.

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