Valentine’s Day … the Greatest of these is Love

valentine's Day, Peony, Greatest… Love

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Love is… unconditional, enduring, believing, caring, and something we can’t be without.

This is one of my favorite verses from the Bible… “faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.”  When apostle Paul wrote about love in the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13, is as relevant today as it was then.  What is love?  It never fails, it endures through eternity, and without love, there is emptiness.  God is love.

1 Corinthians 13  NIV

13 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, 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. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.


Valentine's Day Card - chevron, love



Valentine's Day cards  HGC

Sending a little love.

To take a thousand “selfies” within a few days is completely possible for my kids to do.  The expressions and silliness captured on their camera-iPhone are precious. I decided to make use of their photos for Valentine’s Day.  After the photos were downloaded into the computer, the chosen ones were edited, cropped, made into a collage and printed on paper.  The photos were then cut to size and each one was taped to a decorative paper with a loving note.  A fun and easy way to make personalized cards for Valentine’s Day or any other occasion.

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Love does not have boundaries.  It is not defined by one thing or another.  We all have it within ourselves to give whether with a hug, a note in the mail, time together, a text message, or the “like” button on Facebook.  These are ways to connect with others, to share, and show our love.  When my long time friend, Linda, became ill and the vibrant woman I knew began to change physically,  time became precious with each day.  On one occasion, a few of us got together with Linda to enjoy the afternoon with one another.  We talked, we laughed and lingered over a tall stack of old pictures from “the good old days”.  A week later I received a beautiful letter from Linda sharing how much she enjoyed the afternoon with all of us.  It’s a blessing to have family and the people who are dear to me in my life.

Valentine's Day, Love

Posted by Kay

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2 Responses to Valentine’s Day … the Greatest of these is Love

  1. Botanic Bleu February 21, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

    Dear Kay,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers for the loss of your dear friend, Linda. Your post on Love is a timeless tribute for all who love and who have lost a loved one. May your memories and the love of your family and friends ease the sorrow of loss.


    • Kay February 22, 2015 at 9:19 pm #

      Thank you Judith for your prayers. She is in the best place… no more pain and suffering and is with Him in heaven.

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