1 Corinthians 13:4-8
4 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. 7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end.
As single parents, we know how love can endure all things…
We know how love can endure even when we become envious, boastful, arrogant or even rude…
We know that love endures even when we are selfish, grouchy and irritable….
Love endures in spite of our character defects and our failings, even when we are tired, overwhelmed, frustrated and when arguments and misunderstandings threaten to pull us apart.
It is the love we have for our children that has fueled our lives as single parents, and has seen us through the tough times, and helped make the good times we have shared all the more wonderful!
Love endures, and is patient with us all…even when we are impatient and angry, and even when we struggle with issues that seem too heavy for us to bear!
Love endures when all else fails…when we fail, when our children fail…it endures because the love we share with our children is eternal, and so much stronger than anger, fear, disappointment or grief!
In this way, the love we share with our children is like the love God shares with us: patient, kind, everlasting, and most of all…free!
Through Christ, we have become children of God, and given the love of a parent for their children, a gift that will never be taken away from us, even if we do not always act as if we deserve it! Given this gift, we are called to share it with each other…and the most important way we share God’s love is in the love we have for our children and those others we love.
It is this love that says with us and helps us to face the challenges of living life on life’s terms…including the challenges of being a single parent! The love we share with our children allow us to accept things from them that we would not accept from others…and allows them to love us in spite of our own failings or mistakes.
And it is the love we share with others in our lives, which gives us support when the going gets rough and we need a shoulder, someone to listen to our troubles, and some good advice….because no one knows everything you need to know about parenting…and raising children is not something we can do alone: it takes patience, the ability to ask for (and accept) help, and lots of love!
Love endures, and grows brighter and stronger as it is forged on the ‘anvils of experience’ as we face the challenges of our life together!
The good news is that this love is ours…as the light of Christ fills our world, and our hearts, pushing away the darkness of fear and struggle, and bringing us all closer to the bright hope that is found in the truth that through sharing this love the Kingdom of God is coming to fruition right here in the midst of our world!
Love endures all things…and in this truth, there is reason for rejoicing!
Let Us Pray:
God, thank you that your love for us endures all things…even our own failings! Let us share this love with all those around us, as when it is shared together, it can only grow stronger. Please help us to be patient with our children, our loved ones and ourselves, when we grow impatient, grouchy or irritable. Thank you for giving us this gift of love in our lives, especially the love we share with our children, for it is this love that can keep us together in the face of so much that could pull us apart…as this love can help us to put aside any resentments and allow us to see the joy that ours when we follow your light.