These words from Victor Hugo’s pen are dynamic. To say that to love another person is to see the face of God is a big claim. But surely, when we believe in God, we believe that love is the essence of divinity. This isn’t the first time I’ve discussed love, and you may remember me recounting Paul’s definition of love in Corinthians, which I think is as good a definition as there is.
John Lennon’s song “All you need is love” puts it simply, but accurately, if more clumsily.
As a backcloth to this emotion I look to the cello, an angelic, mournful sound which matches the sweet and sour power of love, and which Jacqueline du Pré mastered during her time on planet earth (Now she plays in heaven’s orchestra pit).
Jacqueline died of multiple sclerosis in 1987, just 5 years after my brother Peter died of the same debilitating disease.
His instrument was euphonium, which to my mind is like the cello, capable of embracing the ups and downs of love. Listen to the music and smile, as you prepare for this year’s Valentine’s Day, February 14.