1 Corinthians 13:4-8 – Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
Life with the Peanuts characters is not always a put down. Lucy and Linus are home alone and Lucy is looking out the widow, musing that life is a drag. "I'm completely fed up. I've never felt so low in my life". Linus suggests that when you're in a mood like this you should try to think of things you have to be thankful for…in other words, count your blessings. Her cynical response is "Ha, that's a good one. I could count my blessings on one finger. I've never has anything and I never will have anything. Nothing ever goes right for me." And she turns on Linus and yells: "And you talk about counting blessings! You talk about being thankful? What do I have to be thankful for?" In a small quiet voice Linus replies, "Well, for one thing, you have a little brother who loves you." She breaks down in tears and hugs him, and, with a sheepish smile Linus says, "Every now and then I say the right thing."
Isn't it great when we say the right thing!? It doesn't happen all that often to some of us, but when it does…wow!
It happens most often when we express to others how much they mean to us, what worth they have, how much we love them.
During this season of giving thanks maybe the most thanks-filled moment will come when we realize how much others mean to us and how much we have to be thankful for in the relationships of our lives.
Prayer: Loving God we thank you for those who are part of our lives, people we love and who love us in return. Amen.
The power of God which created the world is the power of love.
The power in Jesus which rescues the world is the power of love.
The power in us which changes the world is the power of love.
Therefore I bid you go in the name of the God whose name is love.