In the years after Word War II, people accepted Corrie ten Boom's message of God's love and forgiveness. Her words rang true because Corrie herself had suffered during the war. Her father had died in prison and her sister in a German concentration camp.
When we think about giving, we usually picture specific seasons. Whether it be brightly wrapped boxes under the Christmas tree or around a cake adorned with candles, or a red packet. But giving and receiving gifts is only a tiny part of what true giving is all about.
This is arguably one of the most eloquent description of love ever penned. It is read in Christian or church weddings very often. There are numerous wedding sermons preached from this passage of the Bible. However, Paul did not write this passage on love with weddings in mind.
"That chocolate cake is calling out my name! Give me an extra large slice. I'll diet tomorrow." "I know smoking is not good for me. But I have a stressful job. I need to smoke to de-stress." "I knew what we were doing was wrong. But I never thought that there would be a baby! "
We all grow up learning to navigate life according to our five senses - sight, smell, sound, taste and touch. We see (and hear) a growling dog, we cross the street to the other side. We see a cute teddy bear, we go, "So cute!" and we reach for it. But not everything is as it appears.
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