The past few years I have shared I Corinthians 13:4-8 in February on Instagram and Facebook, a little portion of the verse, each day and ending with Love never fails on Valentines Day. I have really enjoyed setting up little vignettes with these words but this year I wanted to do something different and decided to stitch the words.
I didn’t really have a plan and didn’t know where I was going to end up but I wanted to start and on a whim I grabbed up some old baby dresses I had in my stash and all the shades of red thread I had in my embroidery thread box (mom had given me years ago). And started stitching. I loved the process and how there was no real direction but that didn’t keep me from adding more stitches.
I started in November and it was some time before the project evolved into “pages” that I would make into a book. It was pleasing to see how each page turned out, each with their own little special touches. Annie was always in my lap and threads on my clothes. I didn’t work in any order. Some nights stitching words, another adding a backing, another embellishing.
It was a blessing to me to read and think and stitch on these words. I remember one night I found myself stitching words but not living them that particular day. It really turned my attitude around. I later confessed to Kevin the reason for my complete about face.
The words in this tender book are a gentle reminder of what love looks and feels like.
These words are simple.
Their impact unmeasurable.
Their blessings endless.
Have you ever thought about the order of the attributes here? Paul didn’t start out with Love Never Fails.
Think on that for a minute.
But only after love does not dishonor others, love is patient, love is kind, love protects, love keeps no record of wrongs….then love never fails.
How better we CAN love with His words in our heart.
Happy Valentines to you and those you love.