Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day

If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

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 rejoice in 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 partial 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. 1 Corinthians 13

Valentine's Day for Mark

We have grown old
together since our youth
babies came and now grown
we laughed and played
like children with
our children.

We have loved beyond
illness and pain
loss and moving
all the changes changed us
for the better.

We can laugh and cry
together holding tight
we color with the newest one
who reflects the love
begun so long ago.

We have grown ageless together
willing to dream new dreams
and sail new seas
adventurers on strange seas
we look beyond the landscape
to the deep love we share.

We have rested in the sun
and shivers in the winter
and always there was laughter
and songs upon our lips.

I will go with you where ever
and know the sun will shine
if only through my heart
which is so full of love
my eyes brim with thankful tears
for the years yet to come.

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