Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Confessions*

Though I'm not at all what I'd like to be,
I hope you'll understand. . .
My thoughts and deeds aren't "good as gold":
They're more like worthless sand.

So far as east is from the west,
So far my sin's removed.**
Embraced by Jesus's perfect grace,
I know I'm always loved.

My love for God is really true,
My faith in Him sincere. . .
Now I reach to others, too,
To show I really care.

So after a trying day of work,
When stress just runs away,
I hope you realize I know inside
It's still a lovely day!
---Marie Byars, 1986; Ft. Stewart, GA

*"Confessions" of both sin & faith
**Psalm 103:12

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The "Nature" of Love

[Agapge]* Love is patient and is kind;
Love does not envy;
Love does not boast and is not vain;
It down not behave rudely nor seek its own way;
It is not provoked and does not think evil;
It does not rejoice in wrong-doing but rejoices in the truth.
[Love] bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.
Love neer fails. . .
And now these three things remain:
Faith, Hope, and Love;
But the greatest of these is Love.
St. Paul, I Corinthians 13: 3-8; 13

* "Agape" is a special type of undeserved Love. God shows it perfectly; we cannot, which is why we are all sinners.
"Happy Valentine's Day!!"