I Corinthians 13: 4 – 10
“Love suffers long, and is kind; love envies not; love vaunts not itself, is not puffed up, does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.”
Last year I entitled my new year’s post, “Welcome, 2012 – All You Need Is Love,” and I communicated the story of Lee Atwater. The all important value of love was a lesson he learned near the end of his life.
For the beginning of 2013, I want to communicate that the driving force of the Universe is love, and that the more we are in tune with this universal melody, the happier and healthier our lives will be. Moreover, the more we embody love in our daily lives – hour by hour and second by second – the happier and healthier not only will we be as individuals, but the happier and healthier we will make our families, friends, communities, and the world. The antithesis of love is fear, anger, hatred.
The story I want to share this year is that of Anita Moorjani which can be found within her book, “Dying To Be Me.” Anita nearly died with complications from cancer. Coming back from that near death experience, she understood that her purpose in coming back to this reality was to communicate to others “to be love, and to be yourself fearlessly” because who we are in essence, and love, are one and the same. At the core of each of our lives, Anita says, we are all love, or we are God. By allowing our true selves to be made manifest in this world, we are showing forth that part of God which we are, and which we were meant to share with the world. Anita Moorjani gets to the heart of why we are here. Love, or God, is both the driving force of the Universe and the essence of all. Moorjani encourages each
person to “be yourself fearlessly,” thus fulfilling each person’s unique raison d’etre.
Read more about Anita Moorjani’s life-changing near death experience, and the wisdom she brought back to share with you, and with me, at the following website:
May God bless us all in 2013 with overwhelming love. Happy New Year!
THE PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy;
Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life. Amen.