LOVEOh, I know, Valentine’s Day is just a trick to get us to buy cards and send flowers. (Hardly anyone needs to be tricked into eating chocolate.) But we don’t have to buy into the marketing flurry. I say we take February and make it the Love Month. Not so we can give cards and gifts or go out to a fancy dinners, but so we can remember that God is love.
I John 4:8 – “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
My scripture reading this morning was I Corinthians 13. You know, the love chapter. It’s among my very favorite chapters. Now let’s see, what does it say Love is?
-Patient.
-Kind.
-Honorable.
-Protective.
-Trusting.
-Hopeful.
-Persistent.
And what is love not?
-Envious.
-Boastful.
-Proud.
-Self-seeking.
-Easily angered.
-A recorder of wrongs.
-A delighter in evil.
And what’s the capper? Love never fails.
I fail all the time, but love doesn’t. So I’m thinking when I fail it’s because I didn’t love first. I need to summon love before I write, before I go to work, before I speak, before I forgive, before I take Thistle for a walk, before I do all the things I do each and every day. And if God is love, then summoning love sounds to me a whole lot like prayer.
There’s a  , “God be in My Head.” Here are the lyrics. See what you think when you use God’s other name–Love.
“God be in my head, and in my understanding;
God be in mine eyes, and in my looking;
God be in my mouth, and in my speaking;
God be in my heart, and in my thinking;
God be at mine end, and at my departing.”