Sunday, October 26, 2008

I John 4:12

No man has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and His love is perfected in us.

I John 4:12

We ought not to need night to teach us the glories of the day. We ought not to have to wait for sorrow before we can appreciate the sweetness of joy. Yet is it not true that we learn the value of our blessings but by their loss? Many a time an empty chair is the first full revealer of the worth and faithfulness of a precious human friendship. Would it not be well if we were to seek to appreciate our good things while we have them? We would then have the joy itself, and not merely the dull pain of regret as we look back at blessings vanished. Besides, we would do more for our friends while they are with us if we apprecieted thier worth. Too many of us never understand what we owe to our dear ones until there remains no further opportunity of paying love's debt.

J.R. Miller (1840-1912)
Taken from the book: "Today, Lord, I Will"

4 comments:

Beverly said...

This is such an important message, Cori. I feel sad for those that don't demonstrate their love for others.

ellen b. said...

I love these thoughts. I've really thought about this for several years now and I want to tell myself each day Carpe Diem! Enjoy my loved ones and the simple joys of each new day. That's one of the things that has helped me be content in Southern California as opposed to being where I want to be in Washington. It's good to enjoy these days with my aging parents...
Oh a trip to Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang and wine country) is worth it going over this pass and I think lunch at the Tavern is probably better than breakfast. I hear their sandwiches are great...

fairmaiden said...

beautiful.

Kathy said...

A beautiful and meaningful passage, Cori. I sort of needed to read that today!
Kathy