The Upper Room devotional reflection for Friday, July 31st comes to us from Pam Hickerson of Texas.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NRSV 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.
Walking down the sidewalk toward the old, two-story school building, I heard the happy voices of students in the courtyard. A new school year was beginning, with its many new experiences and opportunities for learning. Some of the students I would be teaching had not yet fully mastered the English language, and others had learning difficulties. Many challenges lay ahead.
As part of my morning devotional, I had read what is sometimes called “The Love Chapter” – 1 Corinthians 13. A Sunday school teacher once explained verses 4-7 of chapter 13 by suggesting that in place of the words love and it we substitute the word Jesus and read through the verses again. Because we seek to be like Jesus and show his love, she then asked us to replace the words Love and it with our name and read the verses through a third time. In doing so, each of us was reminded of the type of love that God shows us. That is the type of love that God shows us. That is the type of love that God wants me to share with my students and everyone around me each day.
Prayer: Loving God, help us to show love, patience, and kindness to everyone we meet. Amen.
– Pam Hickerson
Pam’s reflections offer us an opportunity to re-read this familiar passage of scripture, placing our names within the text and deepening its meaning.