Love is believing in what you know a person's character to be even when the evidence stacked against it seems to prove something altogether different. That belief doesn't always come naturally... it is usually a choice, a mastering of the will.
It is how I am able to walk through the valley of the shadow of death, knowing that my God is for me, that he is kind and good and faithful.
It is how he is able to not give up on us or the world he made for us to live in, even when we reject him and mess up his beautiful creation.
It's how I am able to look through actions and heartbreak and see family in lost and empty eyes.
And a mother's love... it is the most powerful a mortal can possess. It is able to believe that this note from her daughter's kindergarten teacher is a description of her girl:
"I just need to tell you what a sweet helper Gracie has been this week. Earlier in the week I was kneeling on the floor and couldn't push myself upright because of my broken wrist. She saw me struggling and came immediately over and offered to help me up. Then, today, a friend was upset and refused to come into the classroom. Gracie asked if she could go out to comfort her.