November 8th & 9th: I’ve been trying to write a thankful blog for two days but I keep getting interrupted by my young daughters. It frustrates me. Then I realize that I’m being interrupted by love. So today I give thanks to the Lord for love. I pray that I see the world, the people and things around me with love. When I’m on the sofa at 3 a.m. feeding the baby and the three-old comes downstairs to join me, I will look at it as if I’m being covered by a big blanket of love. Some believe that in order to be loved, you must give love. I reflect on the verses of I Corinthians 13 to understand love and what it’s all about:
1 Corinthians 13
If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 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 do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 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. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 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 the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a 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.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
As parents we can show our children love through patience, like when one child is crying and the other is arguing about the latest food she hates. We can show love through protecting our children from harm and teaching them right and wrong in the world. Sometimes all it takes is a hug to make them secure. In other words, just love them!