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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Love in action

I went to a memorial service Saturday for a beautiful young girl whose life was cut way too short. She was only 13 years old. Memorial services are never easy but this one ... beyond hard.

I don't think you can go to a service where death is being acknowledged, especially one like this without coming out thinking more about life. And love.

One of the scriptures read during the service was Romans 12:8. It was a description of this young girl's life they said. I added the verses that precede it to give it context:

"We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."

 Later, as I was reading the passage they had quoted, I read on ...
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.Be devoted to one another in love.Honor one another above yourselves.Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord."  - Romans 12:1-19

And as they said during the service, hug those you love a little tighter today.


pve design said...

So sorry to hear about your loss of someone so young with so much life ahead lost - too soon.
Your words are wonderfully inspiring to appreciate each moment and celebrate every life with love in action.

Unknown said...

Patricia - you said it so much better - "appreciate each moment and celebrate every life with love in action". Beautiful.