Thursday, October 30, 2008

What the World Needs Now...

I am listening to CBC's "Canada Live", which will be featuring the

80-year-old Burt Bacharach later tonight.

In her intro to the program, the announcer said, "What's old is new again". I beg to differ. I say, "What's 'old' is never really 'old'."

Let's face it:

"If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don't love, I'm nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

If I speak God's word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, 'Jump', and it jumps, but I don't love, I'm nothing.

If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don't love, I've gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what i do, I'm bankrupt without love.
    Love never gives up.

    Love cares more for others than for self.

    Love doesn't want what it doesn't have.

    Love doesn't strut,

    Doesn't have a swelled head,

    Doesn't force itself on others,

    Isn't always 'me first',

    Doesn't fly off the handle,

    Doesn't keep score of the sins of others,

    Doesn't revel when others grovel,

    Puts up with anything,

    Trusts God always,

    Always looks for the best,

    Never looks back,

    But keeps going to the end.

    Love never dies."
- 1 Corinthians 13: 1-8 - Eugene H. Peterson, The Message

Yep. "What the world needs now..."

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