Sunday, February 6, 2011

Focus on love

Good afternoon everyone,

The plan to write every day has not eventuated, but at least I'm thinking about my two blogs a lot of the time, so I write as often as I can. You'll have to bear with me as life swings and sways. Patience is a life lesson, but love is always the key.

Speaking of Love .. and I came intending to speak of Love .. I have been doing a little bible reading over the past few days. I get directed by Spirit, from time to time, to dip in .. and this time my toes hit the water in Corinthians - a very complicated letter from Paul to the Corinthian church .. issues lots of instructions, and slaps on the wrist for bad behaviour. Would that we could have someone watching over us, as Paul did with all his churches? And he wasn't the bad man he seems to be, for many of those books in the Bible attributed to him were not actually written by him. Do a little research on the subject .. it's very interesting.

Back to love.

Corinthians 13:4-13 if you know it, you will smile .. if you don't read on.

"Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoin wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

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 paritial 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."

Love - the first, last and only thing we should focus on. Love, the emotion we need most and value least. The first thing forgotten in our hunt for self-protection, for self-worth and self-knowledge. We are no longer taught to 'love our neighbours as ourselves' because most of us don't love ourselves in the first place, so how can we possibly know how to love others in the second? Love - the placing of another's happiness before our own. The honouring of our commitments, and promises; the honouring of truth between us. It all goes flying out the door when we are threatened in our 'secure' positions .. but they are not so secure really, because when we are challenged, suddenly they topple and the fall is what injures us, our pride, our egos. How foolish we have all become. I guess we have not put an end to childish ways.

Lucky for us that LOVE never ends, the love of God/Spirit for all of its creations - its that lovely stuff called 'unconditional'. It is what binds the atoms, that you think of as your bones, together, that keeps the flesh on you, your heart in the right place, your brain functioning. Funny how focused we are on our bodies, when its our spirits that are our true selves.

Have you fed your spirit today? Have you done something good for someone else? Have you listened to beautiful music? Have you read something that makes your heart sing? Have you said 'I love you' to someone who hasn't heard it for a long time. Can you do it for someone you are mad at? Can you climb down from your high pillar, touch your toes onto the earth, and allow yourself to feel 'unsafe' in our confusing world? And all in the name of love.

As the angels say to us all "WE LOVE YOU"
Love & Light

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