God is the source of all that is good—all that is beautiful and kind.

When I was growing up in rural south Alabama, one of my 7th grade teachers made us memorize I Corinthians 13.  Today, I can’t quote the whole chapter, but I can quote part of verse four:  “Love is patient, love is kind.”  I try to live by this verse.<br class=”blank” /><br class=”blank” />

And as we are all horrified by the Boston Marathon bombing, maybe we can take comfort in the very fact that there is a Power greater than all the evil in the world.  He is neither unaware nor uncaring. <br class=”blank” /><br class=”blank” />

God didn’t cause the bombings (see I Cor. 13:6)… an evil person/people chose to cause the bombings.  The evil that happened this past Monday is one reason that Jesus came to earth to die on the cross:  because we live in a broken world, and because God is the source of all that is good—all that is beautiful and kind.  He is the source of love.  He wrote the book on love. <br class=”blank” /><br class=”blank” />

1 Corinthians 13 (NIV)<br class=”blank” /><br class=”blank” />

1 If I speak in the tongues 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, 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.

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  1. So … You are a few weeks in to this. I wish you every good thing as you begin this journey! I have enjoyed writing on True North, but most of all the friendships formed on the cyber front porch that the blogosphere seems to be. I’ll look forward to checking in on you from time to time.

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