Though I am not a ritualistic person and prayer doesn’t mean confining myself to a room at a precise time every day , I am a believer in Him , His power , His love . A part of my belief in God was shaped by my school , the convent that I have had the privilege of attending for secondary education. I still remember some of the verses from The Bible and hymns read out and chanted in the assembly hall . One such verse was “ He that loves not knows not God , for God is love “. In those precious and spiritually rich years in school , I realized God was the fountainhead of love and all love originated from him. His love protects and shields and it is His love that blesses our hearts with virtues of compassion, forgiveness and kindness. His love for us is expressed in positive inclinations of mind, such as , hope , faith and resilience and positive emotions , such as, happiness. . However , the more significant part of my belief was shaped by my parents, their commitment to serve God both through strict rituals and service of humanity. I have seen them attributing each of our traits , talents, successes and achievements to the merciful almighty . I have seen them serve the people of God with selfless kindness and generosity . My parents remind me of this verse from The Bible , one that is specially relevant in today’s world. “A new commandment I give to you ,that you love one another, just as I have loved you…”. My father who is a physician works relentlessly for the village poor. In his unwavering commitment and dedication towards serving the least privileged through harsh climate, floods and hardships , I see flashes of God’s love . My mother is a divinely kind and affectionate lady . I have never seen her talking ill of someone or being close to less-than-polite to someone. She doesn’t nurse grievances, she forgives and believes in second chances. From her, I learn about the freedom and peace in forgiveness . I sense and feel divine love through my mother’s vastness of heart . She shows me the merciful and impartial facet of God’s love . I learn how God does not judge before showering His love on His children and how God’s love is not shackled to conditions or promises . In my parents, I see the most powerful manifestation of God’s love.