Wednesday, February 14, 2007

On Valentine's Day

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not 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 have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, 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 perfection comes, the imperfect 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 childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor 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.

~ 1st Corinthians 13:1-13

Arriving to work and finding roses waiting for you always puts you in a good mood. Happy Valentine's Day everyone. I wanted to find a love poem to post but they all seemed so specific to particular types or expressions of love. In the end, Corinthians said it best. I hope that you all feel love today.


Monkeymama said...

Corinthians does say it best! Thanks for posting that and have a Happy Valentine's Day!

Emilie said...

That is one of my all-time favorite readings. (I'm kind of embarrassed to admit this, but I have a copy of Tony Blair reading it at Princess Diana's funeral, and he does it so beautifully. He's spoiled me for all other lectors!) ;-)

Emilie said...

P.S. Happy Valentine's Day!

Barbara said...

Lovely reading!

George gave me a pin yesterday (the 14th) that read "Perfect Wife" which I am saving to wave in his face during our next fight.

Now isn't THAT a loving thought! :)

I'm kidding of course; he was very sweet. I hope you had a special Valentine's Day!