More from Patricia Marks
As I was starting to write this blog, our Internet service went out. Completely. My husband spent over an hour on the phone with the company, while I wandered around grumpily, thinking of emails unanswered and blogs not written.
So I treated myself to a mug of creamy, hot coffee and sat down at my kitchen table. And then it hit me. Here I was, with plenty to eat, a comfortable house, and a spouse to take care of all the things I don’t like to do—like deal with technicians—and all I could do was complain! Suppose, I thought, something else besides the Internet had failed. Suppose a tree had fallen on my roof, or one of us had suddenly become desperately ill.
I thought of Paul’s beautiful letter about love: "Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things" (1 Corinthians 13:4-7, NRSV).
Best of all, as Paul says, “Love never ends” (1 Corinthians 13:8). Love knows no bounds. Love is larger than who we are or what we do, larger than where or how we worship. If someone hurts, or is hungry, or is in need, love reaches out without asking.
Love, thank God Almighty, never fails. That is why we gathered from all corners of the town to help restore a church that was damaged. Strangers and friends, working together, creating a space that was beautiful because of the love that was poured into it.
Oh—and a technician finally came and replaced our modem and some wiring. Then I got back online and wrote this blog!
- Patricia Marks