Feb 21

Love

1 John 4:7-16
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
God Is Love

7 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.

13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. 15 God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. 16 So we have known and believe the love that God has for us.

God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.

1aweddingringI have recently become engaged to a man of great faith. To the right is a picture of me looking into his eyes.

Love

Love

Between us we have more than 56 years of married life to look back on, but we are choosing to look forward and follow the path that God is laying out before us. One of the lines we have chosen to include in our vows is “I will serve you with tenderness and respect and encourage the development of God’s gifts in you.”

I would pray that we could all make that vow, not just to the person we are going to marry, but to all of God’s children wherever they may be. I will be praying that I make that vow myself to the future congregations that I will serve.

God Bless You !

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    • Eleanor Uckele on February 21, 2013 at 9:03 am
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    Love the line you have chosen to include in your vows. We could all use that one more.

    1. Thanks Ellie ! I hope you will be there to share the day with us, I know it is a loooong drive.

    • Ellen Howe on February 22, 2013 at 3:07 pm
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    Very well put. Love the power behind the words.

    • Frank M. D'Ambrosio on February 24, 2013 at 4:50 pm
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    For 45 years, my beloved wife actually kept that vow to me, even though she never spoke those particular words! The reading you chose is one of my favorites! I pray you and Don know the same joy Evalyn and I shared for so many years! I, too, “love the power behind the words of that part of your vow!”

    • Frank M. D'Ambrosio on February 24, 2013 at 4:50 pm
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    For 45 years, my beloved wife actually kept that vow to me, even though she never spoke those particular words! The reading you chose is one of my favorites! I pray you and Don know the same joy Evalyn and I shared for so many years! I, too, “love the power behind the words of that part of your vow!”

  1. Paul Newman’s letter to his wife on their wedding day: “ Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens. A good marriage must be created. In the Art of Marriage, the little things are the big things. It is never being too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say ‘I love you’ at least once a day. It is never going to sleep angry. It is at no time taking the other for granted; the courtship should not end with the honeymoon; it should continue through all the years. It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives. It is standing together facing the world. It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family. It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy. It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways. It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have the wings of an angel. It is not looking for perfection in each other. It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor. It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow. It is finding rooms for things of the spirit. It is a common search for the good and the beautiful. It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and obligation is reciprocal. It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.”

  2. Paul Newman’s letter to his wife on their wedding day: “ Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens. A good marriage must be created. In the Art of Marriage, the little things are the big things. It is never being too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say ‘I love you’ at least once a day. It is never going to sleep angry. It is at no time taking the other for granted; the courtship should not end with the honeymoon; it should continue through all the years. It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives. It is standing together facing the world. It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family. It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy. It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways. It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have the wings of an angel. It is not looking for perfection in each other. It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor. It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow. It is finding rooms for things of the spirit. It is a common search for the good and the beautiful. It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and obligation is reciprocal. It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.”

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