Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Your Love Never Fails


As I walked past a co-worker's desk this week, I noticed the roses that she had gotten for Valentine's Day. The once gorgeous flowers that represent the love of her husband are now wilted. The beauty of the flowers short lived. Their death started the minute they were clipped from the rose bush where they grew. Their demise was certain and foreseen.

As I looked at the wilting roses, I thought how short life really is and how temporal the things in this life are that we value. Today's news heralded a report that a shoe store had to call in 100 police officers to quell what was turning into a riot over the sale of the newest Nike glow in the dark basketball shoes (USA Today). In a few months, no one will be willing to fight over those shoes, and whoever bought a pair will be out trying to buy something else. Thousands of people stood in lines outside Apple stores in malls overnight recently to get their hands on the latest iPad. The iPad 3 is soon to be released, and many of those same people will be in line again.

As I thought about how temporal all of these things are and how hard we seem to pursue these temporary things, the words to a song began to flow in my mind:

Higher than the mountains that I face
Stronger than the power of the grave
Constant through the trial and the change
One thing remains
One thing remains

Your love never fails it never gives up it never runs out on me
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On and one and on and on it goes
It overwhelms and satisfies my soul
And I never ever have to be afraid
One thing remains



We can take great comfort in knowing that all that is around us can come and go, ashes to ashes, and dust to dust, but the love of our creator, father, Savior never fails. His love remains.


Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
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. - I Corinthians 13:4-8

3 comments:

bobskoot said...

Allan:

I was just thinking about ageing and mortality the other day on the way to work. I stopped at the cemetary to contemplate . . . snap a few photos for a blog post, then I stumbled onto your wilted roses. Everything is insignificant . . .

bob
Riding the Wet Coast

mq01 said...

amen

Jack Riepe said...

Dear Mr. Madding:

Wouldn't it be great if people stood in line like this to vote, or to serve on a jury, or to donate to a blood drive? Too bad it takes the lure of shiny baubles to bring people out in droves.

Fondest regards,
Jack/reep
Twisted Roads