Love at Jacksonville Presbyterian ChurchIn a Peanuts comic strip, Lucy asks Charlie Brown, “You know what I don’t understand? I don’t understand love!”

Charlie Brown replies, “Who does?” Lucy asks, “Explain love to me, Charlie Brown”, Charlie says. “You can’t explain love. I can recommend a book or a poem or a painting, but I can’t explain love.”

Lucy comes back, “Well, try, Charlie Brown, try.”

Charlie has a hard time saying no to Lucy, so he says, “Well, let’s say I see this beautiful, cute, little girl walk by.”

Again, Lucy interrupts. “Why does she have to be cute? huh? Why can’t someone fall in love with someone with freckles and a big nose? Explain that!”

Poor Charlie says, “Well, maybe you are right. Let’s say I see this girl walk by with this great big nose…”. But Lucy interrupts again, “I didn’t say great big nose.”

Well, by this time Charlie Brown has had enough. He sighs and says, “You not only can’t explain love, you can’t even talk about it.”

The Apostle Paul once described the character of love like this:

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.

And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

That’s the way God loves us… And, the way we are called to love one another!

Gracious God, It is difficult to explain love. But we know love when we see it. We especially thank you today for your love for us – love that bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. May we accept that love and share it with a world desperately in need. Amen.

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