Dear church family,
Our scripture today comes from 1 Corinthians 13:8-13,
” Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”
One of the most beautifully written books I have read in the last few years is Marilyn Robinson’s work Gilead. It is the fictional story of an old man who is ill and the book is his journal he wants to leave behind for his young son. Here is a passage I go back to over and over again:
“I’d never have believed I’d see a wife of mine doting on a child of mine. It still amazes me every time I think of it. I’m writing this in part to tell you that if you ever wonder what you’ve done in your life, and everyone does wonder sooner or later, you have been God’s grace to me, a miracle, something more than a miracle.you may not remember me very well at all, and it may seem to you to be no great thing to have been the good child of an old man in a shabby little town you will no doubt leave behind. If only I had the words to tell you.”
My prayer for each of us today is that there is someone in your life you could describe this Way, someone who has “been God’s grace” to you. And, if there is, that you will tell them that’s his week.
Paul tells us that the greatest of all the greatest things is love. Share some with the person who is a miracle to you.
Prayer: Lord Jesus I thank you for those people who carry me. I thank you for he ways they have shown me your grace. I pray for them this day. Please always guide and protect them. In your name I pray. Amen.