Love | Dying Wish | Epitaph

“I have loved you, that you also love one another” (John 14:34).

Just before Leonard Bernstein’s birthday, the late, great composer, conductor and musician was asked by the New York Times to write an article. He responded with a poem:

When I die, I pray there may be heard an all-embracing, brave four-letter word.

I blush to name it, so often do we abuse it, But the letters speak; and by-and-by we may no longer hesitate to use it.

The four letters he then used were

L-O-V-E. Then he closed by calling on people everywhere “to take the four-letter word and make it live, by learning to give, to give, to give!”

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