Aug 29, 2006

It's Never Goodbye, Only See You Later

Well, I just got back from visiting all my good friends on the East Coast. The lyrics of that old song "Friends are friends forever" still rings true in my heart. True friendship will last forever. Our relationships are the only thing we get to take with us to heaven. Kinda cool. I feel like I am rich with relationships.
This past Sunday morning, as I was driving to church, I was pondering on how rich I really am. I love people and I love the various expressions of God's character through all my different friends. God reminded me of how rich I am. He reminded me of the famous scripture in 1 Cor. 13. The greatest gift -EVER- OF ALL TIME- that we will will ever experience, is LOVE.
"If I speak witht he tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And If I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing..................................... the greatest of these is LOVE"
Wow! So many of these things, prophecy, knowing all the mysteries of God, faith to move mountains............ these are things that are put high on a pedestal in christian circles (and often in my heart too) however, God reminded me again this week, that the greatest thing in my life is love. I have recieved so much love and have enjoyed relational love with so many. I have only been able to love God, because He first, loved me. Hmmm Lots to think about, and I have a feeling.............more to write about in the coming days.
Lord, help me to cherish the great love you have for me, help me to give it away and to learn how to truly love. Thank You for how you love me through all of my great friends and my most precious family. They are the "greatest" of gifts that will last forever.


East Coast Fillmore said...

That is a good word!! Love,

Tamar said...

Hi Cheryl,
A great blog! It is good to be able to write your thoughts. It was great to see You and Sid over the weekend! We wish it were longer....We Will be keeping in touch!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Holly

Vicki Martin said...

I am someone who has learned to love better because of your example! Thanks!

Hey ... we're not on the "East Coast" ... just east!

Glad you have a blog so now we can keep learning from you!

Love, Vicki

Anonymous said...

Hi Cheryl, so true about love. God's love for us and friends that love us. I loved visiting with you and seeing again.
Love ya and see you soon!!!

Rhonda said...

Hi Cheryl - I miss you already. Thank you for sharing. Love you lots, Rhonda

East Coast Fillmore said...

OK Miss Cheryl!! I am checking in to read more of your thoughts. Write some more of your wisdom for us to read! ;o)