"'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved."
This saying we've heard, but how much meaning
Does it really have for us?
How can it be true when the things we've held
To our hearts most precious and dear
Are suddenly gone and we are left
In questioning and tears?
This saying has a meaning deep -
More than we often know -
For love is a miracle that helps us
Down in our hearts to grow.
There's something deeply beautiful
About loving till it hurts,
And somehow it stretches out space in our soul
When our heart this love exerts.
Love has a way of changing us,
Transforming us deep within;
It softens and makes us tender
Where cold walls of fear have been.
Love shares in both tears and laughter,
It learns to give and take;
It practices self-denial
For its loved one's sake.
Love touches us deep in our inmost heart,
Reveals beauty we never had seen;
It opens us up to the sweetness of trust
Where once all turned inward we'd been.
Love awakens our tenderest being,
Shares deepest friendship - and then
Once our hearts have been thus unlocked,
We're never the same again.
There's something sweet about loving
That's beautiful even in pain,
And even when love must learn the song of forgiveness,
It still has a lovely refrain.
For the love that knows how to say, "I forgive you,"
How can it be withstood?
It touches the offended and the offender,
Changing each for the better, for good.
Love is one of life's sweetest choices,
Although it encounters pain,
And loving always leaves us
With lessons of richest gain.
Who would trade its experience
For all the wealth in the world,
Or claim they're "getting along just fine without it,"
Yet still be alone in the cold?
Love is life's greatest mystery -
It's so precious, yet how much it can hurt
To open ourselves up to love and be loved
And all the powers of caring exert.
Yet there's something irresistible
About answering love's sweet call,
And it's better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.