"Three things will last forever--faith, hope, and love--and the greatest of these is love."
(1 Corinthians 13:13)
The words and music here seem to compliment each other seamlessly; a real marrying up of the simplicity of little ways of grace and the greatness of being. And in fact, Christine's marriage to Colin and Anthony's with Abby are both inspirational unions: this post is for them.
I've had a couple of friends moan that some of my posts are too long. This may or may not be shorter, but how long is a piece of string before it ceases to be a piece and becomes a length? Similarly, my sister and brother-in-law fret that my blog seems too Catholic; other Catholic friends, who are infinitely more learned about the church then me, feel "it isn't Catholic enough". All I can say is that I try to make this blog as open and honest as possible because that is what I crave from people and from life. Brighton, friends, being Catholic, animals, poetry, flowery frocks, Springsteen and treacle tart all make me happy. I suspect at least some of these things will make some other people happy too; for others, this humble blog will never be enough of one thing or may seem too much of the other.
I'm actually hurting about something right now, critically aware of my own smallness. This blog generally and this post at this particular moment are my own little steps to the bigger picture; if it can soothe somebody else then I also feel blessed by that.
The little steps in the Ten Ways to Love are literally as old as the hills on the Sinai Peninsula. They may appear removed from the grandeur and solemnity of the Ten Commandments, but look again. If we could all truly achieve these Ten Ways to Love, surely we wouldn't need to be reminded not to lie, cheat, steal or harm?
May each sunrise bring you hope and every sunset, peace. May all your little steps bring you into being as great as you can be.
"How Great Thou Art" World Outreach Church
"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies."
"Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."
"For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love."
"Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see".
"One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak."
"Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message."