Love, Lewis, and a letter from John

words of love from the Bible#1John#love

“Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God.

Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.  But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.  No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.”

1 John 4:7-11, NLT

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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1 Corinthians 13:13

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Celebrating romance and marriage on Valentine’s Day

a look at some unique marriages for Valentine’s Day


What the word needs now is love, sweet love, that’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.” 

Hal David, lyricist
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One of my Sunday traditions is reading Parade , a magazine in the newspaper. One of my favorite parts is the “Ask Marilyn” column where Marilyn Vos Savant answers complex questions on a wide range of subjects- math, science, medicine, technology, economics , games, sports and just about any topic you can imagine.

I have wondered how she does it, imagining it must take hours and hours of research.

But then I learned her history.  She has one of the highest IQs in the world. She is certifiably the world’s smartest woman. 

One week,  Parade published an article about how she met her husband. She is married to none other than Dr. Robert Jarvik, developer of the artificial heart.

They met when he called her after reading   a magazine article about her, and had a long distance courtship lasting one year.

At their wedding, science fiction author Isaac Asimov walked her down the aisle; the best man was the 7th recipient of one of the Jarvik artificial hearts! How’s that for romantic. They have been happily married since 1987.      

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Another love story-Austin and Jessica 

Another couple  featured in the issue, Austin and Jessica were literal childhood sweethearts, having met as toddlers. They and their parents met in a support group- for families of children with Down Syndrome.

With their parents’ support, they have overcome their disability to build a loving , stable marriage- and maybe because he “treats her like a princess.”

These are two very different couples who share something special-

respect, caring and commitment to the person they love.

As Beatles John and Paul (Lennon and McCartney) told us many years ago,

All you need is love.”

 

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My love story

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February Timely Topics-Love and Hearts

It’s a new month so time to search the blog archives for some Timely Topics to revisit.

Celebrate Hearts

Since it’s February, of course we look at the HEART and heart disease. February is American Heart Month, so I want you to have information and inspiration to keep your heart healthy.

Celebrate Love

Valentine’s Day is in February , so I’ll share words of faith, hope, and LOVE.

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Timely Topics for February

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Seeing is loving

“we ought to love one another.”

 

1 John 4, English Standard Version( ESV)

“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

if we love one another, God abides in us and his  love is perfected in us.

If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; 

for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen 

cannot love God whom he has not seen. 

And this commandment we have from him:

whoever loves God must also love his brother.”

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Opportunities to do good

” But when you do a kindness to someone, do it secretly—don’t tell your left hand what your right hand is doing. 

And your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you.”

 

 

My goal for this blog is to inform and inspire us all to explore the HEART of health in our lives, and the lives of our families and communities.

But beyond that, my the mission for this blog is

to share the HEART of health with people all over the world,

especially those who face hardship due to poverty, isolation, discrimination, political turmoil, hunger, homelessness, human rights violations, and natural disasters.

Learn more at Share the HEART of health

Wishing you faith, hope, and love today and always. Thanks for visiting my blog. 

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Love in words and action-weekend words

love in action #Bible#John316#CSLewis#Shakespeare

 

1 John chapter 3 –Good News Translation (GNT)

(a letter of John)

16 This is how we know what love is: Christ gave his life for us.

We too, then, ought to give our lives for others! 

17 If we are rich and see others in need, yet close our hearts against them, how can we claim that we love God? 

18 My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action.

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John chapter 3 Good News Translation (GNT)

(the gospel of John)

16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. 

For God did not send his Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its savior.

 

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Good News Translation (GNT)

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Weekend Words about love 

a quote from Chesterton and James about love #love#religion#orphans

James 1:27, NIV 

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:

to look after orphans and widows in their distress and

to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

Santiago 1:27, La Biblia de las Américas (LBLA)

 La religión pura y sin mácula delante de nuestro Dios y Padre es ésta:

visitar a los huérfanos y a las viudas en sus aflicciones,

y guardarse sin mancha del mundo.

 

 

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G.K. Chestertonin full Gilbert Keith Chesterton (born May 29, 1874, died June 14, 1936), English critic and author of verse, essays, novels, and short stories, known also for his exuberant personality and rotund figure.

 

 

 

 

 

Lenten Words-Light

 

showing love in Weekend Words

quoting Jesus and Shakespeare on love
#Jesus#Shakespeare

 

John 13 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

12 When Jesus finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and went back to the table. He asked, “Do you understand what I did for you?

13 You call me ‘Teacher.’ And you call me ‘Lord.’ And this is right, because that is what I am.

14 I am your Lord and Teacher. But I washed your feet. So you also should wash each other’s feet.

I did this as an example for you. So you should serve each other just as I served you.

34 “I give you a new command: Love each other.

You must love each other just as I loved you.

35 All people will know that you are my followers if you love each other.”

 

 

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In 16th century England, William Shakespeare wrote plays and poetry that are still considered some of the greatest literature in the English language.

His writings explored human emotions  from love to hate, and every feeling between. Some were tragedies, some were comedies, and they  touch our lives now as much as they did for  people 400 years ago.

Much of Shakespeare’s personal life, including his medical history, remains unknown. Even the dates of his birth and death are in question; as close as we know he was born in 1564 and died at age 52 years. The cause is not known.

He and his wife Anne Hathaway married young and had 3 children- a girl, followed by twins, boy and girl. Their son died at age 11, cause unknown.

The older daughter Susanna married a physician Dr. John Hall.

Here is a link to

The Complete Works of Shakespeare

 

 

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