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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

First and Last

Havasu Falls by Ryan C Malone

What “new thing” (v. 19) has the Lord done in your life? What is he doing now? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1020).

See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert
and streams in the wasteland.
(Isaiah 43:19)

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV)

Kathy's death was deeply revelatory to me. It made me realize the breadth and depth of my love for her—which was more entire than I had any inkling of before the sudden awareness that I might lose her. Secondly, her last days made me deeply aware of the importance of love's integrity as foundational to existence. Such love forms the touchstone by which we evaluate all behavior—it is the ground of our being, the seed of ethics, the source of meaning. The craziness of the world arises from losing sight of this. Things not done in love's service are in the final analysis diversion, escapism, and chaff; while even the most ridiculous of things becomes valuable and cherished when done in the service of God's holy love.

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