"The final secret, I think, is this: that the words 'You shall love the Lord your God' become in the end less a command than a promise. And the promise is that, yes, on the weary feet of faith and the fragile wings of hope, we will come to love him at last as from the first he has loved us--loved us even in the wilderness, especially in the wilderness, because he has been in the wilderness with us. He has been in the wilderness for us. He has been acquainted with our grief. And loving him, we will come at last to love each other too so that, in the end, the name taped on every door will be the name of the one we love."
Listening to Your Life (this passage from A Room Called Remember)