1 Corinthians 13:6-7: “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

“Ben, you’re always running here and there
You feel you’re not wanted anywhere
If you ever look behind and don’t like what you find
There’s something you should know, you’ve got a place to go”
(Song lyrics by Don Black / Walter Scharf )

A love song about a rodent pretty much says it all. Love sees things differently! If you’re a pet owner you would agree. Pets become way more than four-legged furry balls. Most likely the pet’s lifespan is shorter than ours, and inevitably the day comes when we have to let our pet friend go. I am writing this, and I still have tears in my eyes as I think of our cat that passed away less than a year ago. My mother decided never to have a pet again after she had lost her pet. And some people won’t.

Ultimately, whenever we open our hearts and let somebody in, we run the risk of our hearts being broken. Still, look around. I see risk takers everywhere! We like to say: “better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”

When God decided to put humans on the map of the history of the universe, I believe He deliberately chose to accept the pain that came with it. If we had an interview with God and asked Him: “Why in the world did you create humans? That really backfired, didn’t it?” – He probably wouldn’t agree that inventing humanity was just one great big mistake of His. If that’s how He felt about us, I don’t think we would still be here. But here we are – still kicking! We’re here because we’re loved. I’m not sure that God would say it this way, but apparently, we’re worth the pain.

Whenever we see love acted out, we know that’s God’s heartbeat, right there. His love never gives up, and neither do we. There are a million reasons to become a cynic and give up on love, yet we soon discover that life without love is no life at all. Despite what you and I have been through, as long as we choose life we choose to love again.

Love perseveres. Love never gives up. That’s the beauty of love!

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