Today's Lectionary Text
1 Corinthians 13:4-13
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
This week we celebrated my favorite holiday: Valentine's Day. Romance, hearts, roses, teddy bears, and of course lots and lots of chocolate.
I have always found Valentine’s Day to be a bright celebration in the winter months. I know for many people, though, this day is one they wish not to celebrate because it becomes only about romantic love. It is date night for couples and for anyone who is not partnered a lonely night of eating frosting out of a jar.
But Valentine’s Day does not have to be about that at all. If anything, it should reflect the many different types of love we share with other people. Our love for our neighbors, by looking out for them and ensuring everyone is taken care of. It could focus on our love of Mother Earth, by caring for her in recycling or cleaning up the trash we see on the streets. Our love of God, when we gather together on Sundays (or any day) to worship with songs and thanksgiving. Our love of togetherness, choosing to forgive someone instead of fight.
However, we express our love and to whom ever we express this love to. Friends, family, spouses, pets, parents, teachers, strangers. All are deserving to experience a patient, kind, joyful love which is never ceasing. God has given us this love and so this week share the same love with all those in your life, knowing love is the greatest gift of all.
Omaha First United Methodist Church
Prayer for Reflection
Ever present loving God, on this day may we know your grace is given to each of us and we are welcome into your family. May we show the same love to others, no matter what. Together we pray. Amen.
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