Today, at A Holy Experience, Ann has her readers posting about the practice of love.
I just knew I would write this wonderful blog post about love! I thought maybe Hallmark might even want it for their Valentine card collection. Maybe I’d write something using the verses from the “love” chapter 13 in 1 Corinthians. The more I thought about my wonderful ideas on love, the more I felt drawn to write the real stuff. You all know what I mean. Not the Hollywood “chick flick” romance. Not the bouquet of roses and candy. Not the slick pictures in the magazines for jewelry companies. So, here goes. The real stuff. Not the fluff stuff.
Here is my take on love in 60 seconds. Ready. Set. Go.
The daily practice of love is usually not romantic, or cinematic…
nor is it cavalier or conceited.
Love can be gritty and hard…
Some days the walk is all up hill.
The battle is hard fought.
Love can be exhausting.
Miscommunication and boredom
march to the front lines ready to do battle.
Love must be tough…
if it is to survive.
Commitment, sacrifice, and sometimes…
hanging on with white knuckles and wobbly legs.
It’s not giving up, not giving in–
even when throwing in the towel might seem easier.
Love is messy, and crazy and frustrating
and serious, and funny, and happy and
Love is both time consuming, and energy renewing.
Some days it requires standing down and looking up,
on others, it is asking for a hand to hold.
It is fierce and all consuming,
soft and safe and starting again.
Love doesn’t give up.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV
- 1 Corinthians 13 for Homeschoolers (agapehomeschoolers.wordpress.com)
- Full Measure of Love (and more) (juliesunne.com)
- Do you know Ann? (sunshinelittleone.wordpress.com)
- Love Never Fails (loveiscourtship.wordpress.com)
- Let Biblical Love Be the True Mark of Maturity- By: Mafe Quijano (livesharp.org)