For your weekend…

This has been a week full of love…from the heart-shaped rock I found in a single beam of sunlight on my front porch (personally, I think it was a gift from God) to the fabulous surprise of flowers from a far-away cousin “just because” (personally, I think they–both the cousin and the flowers–are a gift from God).  I’m beginning to sense a theme–did you pick up on it, too?  (smile)

To go along with the theme, I’m sending you a reminder of what real love looks like.  Hint:  it isn’t anything like what we normally see on TV or in the movies these days.  It looks a whole lot more old fashioned in real life.  Since we can gloss over things that we’re really familiar with, I’m sharing this reminder from I Corinthians 13: 4-8a as interpreted in The Message by Eugene Peterson.  It is my prayer that you will take time to read this and look for ways to incorporate these words into your world this weekend.

“Love never gives up.

Love cares more for others than for self.

Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.

Love doesn’t strut,

Doesn’t have a swelled head,

Doesn’t force itself on others,

Isn’t always “me first,”

Doesn’t fly off the handle,

Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,

Doesn’t revel when others grovel,

Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,

Puts up with anything,

Trusts God always,

Always looks for the best,

Never looks back, But keeps going to the end.

Love never dies.”

Grace and Peace!  See you back here on Monday!

*photos taken by Becky Childs

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