Well, what a day. It was one of those when the world seemed to be just a little bit off balance. And that’s okay. I can hold my own balance. But that doesn’t mean I’m not tired.
So, I’d like to share not a poem, precisely, but a passage that flows like one. It’s about love; and for me, this passage is much like a shirt, a breastplate I put on every morning. Sometimes, I might forget I am wearing it, but not for long. It always brings me back to myself.
If I speak in human or angelic tongues, but do not have love,
I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.
And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge,
If I have faith so as to move mountains,
But do not have love, I am nothing.
If I give away everything I own,
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.
It is not jealous, it is not pompous,
It is not inflated, it is not rude,
It does not seek its own interests,
It is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury,
It does not rejoice in wrongdoing,
But rejoices with the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails.
If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing.
If tongues, they will cease.
If knowledge, it will be brought to nothing.
For we know partially and we prophesy partially,
But when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.
When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child.
When I became a man, I put aside all childish things.
For now, we see indistinctly, as in a mirror.
But then, face to face.
For now, I know partially,
Then I shall know fully, as I am fully known.
So faith, hope, and love remain, these three:
But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13
Surely, the past, present, and future connect in this miraculous state we call life. In this light, history and all human experience are ever-present. Wouldn't it be nice, then, if we could enjoy each other, if we could appreciate and celebrate our differences? Let us love! Let us have fun. Let us toast each other and wish each other well. Now, in our awareness, is the time to be happy, to do our best, to live fully to our purest, highest standards.