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Tuesday, February 14, 2017
I Corinthians 13:1-13 Thought/Prayer: Valentines and Little Hearts. Topics: 2 at end.
“If I can speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but am destitute of Love, I have but become a loud-sounding trumpet or a clanging cymbal. If I possess the gift of prophecy and am versed in all mysteries and all knowledge, and have such absolute faith that I can remove mountains, but am destitute of Love, I am nothing. And if I distribute all my possessions to the poor, and give up my body to be burned, but am destitute of Love, it profits me nothing.
Love is patient and kind. Love knows neither envy nor jealousy. Love is not forward and self-assertive, nor boastful and conceited. She does not behave unbecomingly, nor seek to aggrandize herself, nor blaze out in passionate anger, nor brood over wrongs. She finds no pleasure in injustice done to others, but joyfully sides with the truth. She knows how to be silent. She is full of trust, full of hope, full of patient endurance.
Love never fails. But if there are prophecies, they will be done away with; if there are languages, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be brought to an end. For our knowledge is imperfect, and so is our prophesying; but when the perfect state of things is come, all that is imperfect will be brought to an end. When I was a child, I talked like a child, felt like a child, reasoned like a child: when I became a man, I put from me childish ways. For the present we see things as if in a mirror, and are puzzled; but then we shall see them face to face. For the present the knowledge I gain is imperfect; but then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And so there remain Faith, Hope, Love—these three; and of these the greatest is Love.” (WEY) Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com)
Valentines. We buy them, create them, or sometimes wish for them. “Hope that guy (or gal) might send me one”! . . . (and maybe with some chocolate). Certainly, the history of Valentine’s day is somewhat unverified, but we certainly do know what it means today, and what it has meant since the 18th century, and in the 19th century when they began to be mass-produced.
Maybe all the love in this beautiful scripture is represented in a heart-shaped card or gift. Or maybe just romantic love is meant. Either way, valentines do have special meaning.
Of course, many Valentines are either heart-shaped or have hearts on them. The heart shape is meant, probably, to represent the shape of the human heart, although many discussions could be had regarding any distinct similarities. But suffice it to say, the heart is quite a symbol of love, whether in the form of emoji symbols or scratched out on a sandy beach to be seen from a fly-over.
And then there is the oh-so-tiny, tiny little heart that begins beating in the baby in the womb at about six weeks, sometimes a bit earlier or later. No, this little heart is not heart-shaped or the beginnings of a frilly valentine. But we might say it is a heart of love. It is this because this teeny beating heart was created by the Creator God, out of love. God loves every person created on Planet Earth. And He is the One who developed the baby up until about the 6-weeks period, including the little heart that will begin to beat at just the time God has planned. Aren’t we just so blessed that we can see this now, through medical marvels, when until recently there was no way to tell when little hearts would begin little beats?
Of course, we know that not all babies with their heartbeats are anticipated in love. These are the ones who need our prayers . . . for the babies and their mothers, fathers, and families. We must hold them up to the Lord, asking for His protection over them. We want these preborn little persons to beat for Him someday!
Lord, we do thank You for allowing us to peek into the womb to see even more distinctly the marvel of conception and development of a new person. Please help us to pray for the babies who are not anticipated in love. And help their parents to choose LIFE when there is a lot of angst about these babies being steadily developed, by You.
Topics: Pray! Pray for babies who are developing in the womb, that God’s will will be done for them.
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