You have broken my heart.
I cannot stop thinking about you.
I love you even though I have met you only once.
Others may have given up on you not realizing your potential
but I see something in you.
You made me cry but you have helped me to realize
what is important in life.
You have been someone who has begun to change something in my life.
You sparked something in me;
a desire to change lives beginning with you.
We have not spoken to each other.
You did not even hold my hand.
You have not looked at me or even acknowledged me,
but I still love you.
Amy Dawkins, Ecuador
'All gracious affections, which are a sweet odour to Christ, filling the soul of a Christian with a heavenly sweetness and fragrancy, are broken hearted affections. A truly Christian love, either to God or men, is an humble broken-hearted love. The desires of the saints, however earnest, are humble desires; their hope is an humble hope; and their joy even when it is unspeakable and full of glory, is an humble, broken-hearted joy, leaving the Christian more poor in spirit, more like a little child, and more disposed to an universal lowliness of behaviour.'
Jonathan Edwards (1703-58), Congregational minister in Northampton, Massachusetts, 'A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections', (1746), Part III, Section 6. Edwards was the leading historian and interpreter of the 18th Century Revival in North America.