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Isaiah 45-48; 1 Corinthians 13

Whenever my husband would ask me what I wanted for Christmas or my birthday, I would often recite, “A baby, a dog, a dehumidifier.”
After enough of playful hint dropping, I cornered him and asked point blank, “Can we get a dog?”

“I don’t want to pick up poop in the yard,” was his response.

With excitement, I filled out our application for a dog named Penelope.

We visited her at the rescue, and doubts started to hit me. She showed evidence of hard life. What would it be like having her here when the kids wanted a dog they could play with? This dog was afraid of her own shadow.

A friend at school rescued her dog ten years ago. She said to me, “You just love them. When does love fail?”

I really thought about that. She believed so plainly. Yet in a broken world with broken relationships and broken hearts, why did it seem like love wasn’t prevailing?

When I selected the dog tag for our Nella, I had it engraved upon the back–so that days when it seemed hard, I would look at it and her and remember:

Love never fails.  (1 Corinthians 13:8, NIV)

It’s almost three years later since we got our dog. She has gone from a rescued, frightened, underweight dog to a dancing, prancing, vegetable thieving joy.

DSC_0027Today, I’m reminded of this in 1 Corinthians 13. Love is such a big concept. I try to understand it in the hard places. I try to embrace it in the hard times. How can it be so deeply rooted in me and, at times, simultaneously snatched from my grasp?

12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:12-13, NLT

I’m thankful for a God who knows me completely, who can make big promises, and for sister friends who remind me of them.

Thank you, Lord, for calling me your own and calling me to greater things. Thank you for your spirit in me to teach me and strengthen me during the hard situations.

Courtney (66books365)

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Gen. 11; Matt. 10; Ezra 10; Acts 10

I’ve been thinking a lot about language barriers lately. Not so much the spoken language, as the ones not spoken. A number of years ago, I read a book called The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell. The languages (acts of service, quality time, encouragement, physical touch, gifts) have been on my mind for months, how they look in the grown-up world, and during a recent gathering of relatives, I realized a cause for many generational hurts was that (we) weren’t speaking the same (love) language. I thought about past relationships where misunderstandings may really have been an inability to understand how someone loves/interprets love.

My desire to learn to speak a new (love) language this year has been top of mind, so I wasn’t surprised today when I read of the power a language holds:

“Look!” he said. “The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them!” Genesis 11:6 NLT.

At this time in the Old Testament, everyone spoke the same language and wanted to build a city and tower that would make themselves famous and prevent them from being scattered. God would scatter them, and give them all new languages. Their motive was self-centered–their fame, their protection, their power.

But in life God-centered, God gives us power and possibility and unity–through Christ. He gives us a new law, and a new language–love.

Father, you are the author of love, and love itself. You heal and reconcile our broken hearts. In the vapor-mist brevity of this life, help me to love like you. I know that nothing is impossible with you. Sometimes the brokenness of relationships seems too deep and long, but I don’t want to limit you and your power by my very limited and skeptical thinking. You tell me love never fails, and I know yours doesn’t.

Courtney (66books365)

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