Monday, February 14, 2011

My St Valentine Wish for You- A Dish of Herbs

Better a dish of herbs where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred. (Proverbs 15:17)
 
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. (Deuteronomy 6:4-6)

Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be utterly scorned. (Song of Songs 7)
 
"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." (Matthew 22:36-40)
 
"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:9-12)
 
I hope that today for you is a day filled with love- love of God, family and friends. Reading these Bible verses, I am struck yet again at how important LOVE is to GOD- because GOD is LOVE.  One exercise we did at a retreat long ago was to read the following chapter of the Bible- replacing the word LOVE with the name of the person saying it ("John" is patient, "John" is kind, "John" does not envy, etc). Then, you will realize that only God is love, but it is still an ideal worthy for which to strive.
 
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)

and because we all need a little St Valentine cheesiness....I wish whomever read this far (and especially 'official followers') a very happy St Valentine's Day!


6 comments:

  1. just had to share- I got a van tune-up (I guess he does read the comments!) and a new knob/dead bolt for the front door (plus tulips)- I am trying to get to his work to bring him lunch...we'll see if the handyman is gone by then

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  2. Wonderful. It is like a breathe of fresh air, again.

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  3. I just love those practical gifts. I hope you made it to lunch. Happy St. Valentine's Day.

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  4. So glad to see you got that tune-up! :)
    Fantastic post. Some of my favorite verses.

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