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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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The Poem I Should Like To Write

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The poem I should like to write was written long ago,

In vast primeval valleys and on mountains clad in snow;

It was written where no foot of man or beast had ever trod,

And where the first wild flower turned its smiling face to God;

Where mighty winds swept far and wide o'er dark and sullen seas,

And where the first earth-mother sat, a child upon her knees.

The poem I should like to write is written in the stars,

Where Venus holds her glowing torch behind her gleaming bars;

Where old Arcturus swings his lamp across the fields of space,

And all his brilliant retinue is wheeling into place;

Where unknown suns must rise and set, as ages onward fare

The poem I should like to write is surely written there.

No human hand can write it, for with a pen divine,

The Master Poet wrote it each burning word and line.


~Margaret A. Windes~

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