I don't prescribe to the way holidays, celebrations and the like are now commercialised to the point of losing all meaning, and Valentine's day seems to be worse than ever. But I think there is something wonderful about love. Whilst I don't think displays of love and affection should in any way be saved for one day of the year, I thought I would just share some beautiful words with you today.
Several years ago, it was my honour and privilege to be asked to read at my brother's wedding. The words are from the New Testament of the Bible, but whatever your religious views, the poetry and meaning can be quite profound. None of us knew that day would be such a critical turning point in my life, but the reading spoke to my heart as much as to those in the congregation. So today I thought I would share it with you.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.
Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13: 1-13 NIV
I wish you all love, health & happiness today and every day.