Tuesday, August 7, 2007

The Love Chapter

Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is another warm day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it!

When I stepped outside this morning, I could see the slim crescent moon shining brightly through the haze that seems to be covering the sky right now. All was quiet and dark, except for a cat bathing itself across the street.

I walked a little earlier yesterday, because it's bearable when a slight breeze is blowing and the shade is more plentiful on the boardwalk. Mama gator was missing from the apartment... perhaps she went out for breakfast, or she might have been in back of the nest where she is not visible. There are two signs taped to the railing, now, warning of the consequences if people insist on throwing trash at her. Hope they work.

As I was walking back from the tower, where the hydrilla has blown in from the rain last week, I was just in time to see a raccoon climb up out of the water, cross in front of me, and climb down the other side! It was kinda peculiar looking, not the usual black and white, but kind of yellow and brown. Always something new!! God is good!

1 Corinthians 13 NLT
" If I could speak in any language in heaven or on earth but didn't love others, I would only be making meaningless noise like a loud gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I knew all the mysteries of the future and knew everything about everything but didn't love others, what good would I be? And if I had the gift of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it move, without love I would be no good to anybody. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it, but if I didn't love others, I would be of no value whatsoever.

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps o record of when it has been wronged. It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Love will last forever but prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will all disappear. Now we know only a little, and even the gift of prophecy reveals little! But when the end comes, these special gifts will all disappear.

It's like this. When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child does. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly as in a poor mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God knows me now.

There are three things that will endure-faith, hope and love-and the greatest of these is love."

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs,