Thursday, 26 March 2020

Signs of love


1 Corinthians 13:13
And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

This is what love looks like...
Empty streets
Empty beaches
Notes pushed through letter boxes
offering  help
Staying home
so that key workers
can travel to work
and shop for food
(or we can shop for them)
Making phone calls
Putting lights
and teddy bears
and rainbows in our windows
expressions of connection
and of hope.
Maintaining 
and strengthening 
relationships virtually
Meeting online
finding new ways
to be creative
new ways to notice
and draw attention to
the love of God
manifest
in myriad acts of love.
Love is also
noticing the signs of spring
that refuse to be shushed
even through pandemic
Welcoming the progress
of the seasons,
the buds that are awakening
the blossom bursting forth
the birdsong that heralds the morning
the growth that continues regardless
promising something beyond,
that awaits our emergence
from the storm
and mirrors the growth of love
worked out in practices 
that transform communities 
as, together, we face our fears
and weather them in love.
This is what love looks like.

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