faith hope and love
I’m feeling a little under the weather tonight – exhausted mostly. And, I just lost all the data in my iPhone as I was trying to update the software. I figured out how to restore it, I think. The phone seems to be righting itself. It’s taking a long time, though. I’d be lost without my iphone…. I have faith it will straighten itself out….
Anyway, I don’t have the energy to write tonight. So, I’m leaving you with a passage from Corinthians, that I have loved since I was a child.
One of the bloggers here, Faith, shared this passage today. And, I remembered how much I loved it, and how it made me feel to read it.
I am not one to read the bible, or go to church, or pray very much. But I do have faith – in love especially.
In truth, I have only read pieces here and there from the bible, never the whole thing.
My bible is Shakespeare, poetry, and good fiction. My personal God lives in everything and everyone, and of course, in Nature.
The interesting thing about this passage – no two versions of it are alike. There is a vast differences from one version to the next. I kind of like this version:
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have 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 do not have love, I am nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, 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 completeness comes, what is in part 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 the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a 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 (NIV)
I have a great story for tomorrow, by the way…. you’ll love it!