Scripture: I Cor 13:1-13
Key verse: (7) 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Reflection: There is a bedtime discussion with my youngest that goes something like:
“I love you”
“I love you more”
“I love you the most”
“I love you the best”
“But I have loved you longer”
“But I love you times infinity” and on it goes.
It’s basically our version of I love you to the moon and back, or our own riff on Paul Simon’s last best song “there will never be a father who loves his daughter more than I love you.”
There doesn’t seem to be limits on love’s capacity, just look at Paul’s list of all that love can do: it can hope all things, endure all things while never being impatient or unkind. Notice one thing love doesn’t do. Can you guess? Win. Despite our catchy slogans and Twitter/Instagram campaigns, love does not win, conquer or trump. It’s not love’s style, not in its nature to win. To win, something, someone, has to lose, and love being kind and never rude can’t abide the thought of losing someone.
Love does endure however. It doesn’t wear out or give up. I know Paul didn’t write this for a couple getting married as much as he wrote it for a community that was struggling to live together. But we should read it at every wedding. Every funeral too. For that matter let’s read it every time we gather, let’s write it in every card we send, bill we pay, and thought we tweet. Let’s make it every bedtime story and let’s never let a day start or end without receiving and sharing these words.
Prayer: Because your love never ends Lord, let us begin again today because of it. Let your love for us shape the love we have for one another. Made in your image Lord, let our love today, for as long as we can, be patient, kind and generous. Amen.
Author: Derek Macleod
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].