Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Gift of Love

My reading at our lovely mother's cremation today:

1 Corinthians 13

"If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

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. 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. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love."


Anstice Ann Onians (nee Flux Dundas)
December 12, 1933 - January 16, 2013

1960 California

1975 The Lake District, England


2011 Rome, Italy


Gifts in her memory to Ovarian Cancer Action here.


1 comment:

amy cross said...

It has been one of the most beautiful piece of writing on love for thousands of years. Your mother was clearly a great woman if she helped make you. This is a sad moment in life and I wish you strength and peace.

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