1 Corinthians 13:1
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
It is easy to do in love what we love to do, isn't it?
Spending time with a spouse or a best friend. Reading to our children or grandchildren. Taking a long, leisurely walk in the woods with our dog.
Writing poetry. Composing music. Singing. Dancing. Playing. Praying.
Whatever it is we love to do brings us such joy, peace, contentment.
Blessed and sacred times . . .
But, what about the things we don't love doing? How can those dreaded, but necessary, chores in life be accomplished in love?
Be moved by love from profane to profound?
For ages, I view housework as a drudgery. I detest it. But, I desire a clean house, so I do it.
Joylessly. And, certainly, not in love.
But, all that has changed . . .
Because, the "why I do it" has changed.
Before I pick up the dust rag or grab the mop or arm myself with Windex and paper towels, I focus on the love I feel for Danny, for our family, for our home.
That love brings a smile to my face. Puts a spring in my step. Helps me center in the moment.
To see what I once decried as a banal waste of my time with fresh awareness. As worthy a testament to love as a kiss or embrace.
Because, the care I show in doing this work reflects the care I have for others.
No more resounding gongs or clashing cymbals.
Just a sweet, sweet melody in the key of love.
Are you doing things in love today?
Will you pray with me?
Help us, Father, to do all things, even the ones we find difficult or trying or boring, in love. Make us aware in all our undertakings of Your great and steadfast love for us. Remind us that it is because You love us that we can love at all. Amen.
Psalms 95, 102 or 107:1-32
1 Corinthians 12:27-13:3