Love, Sweet Love

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of

Yesterday we remembered Burt Bacharach. The songwriter with 73 Top 40 hits in the US and 52 in the UK had died aged 94. Many of his great songs were about love….

5 Snapshots of my yesterday…

…Seeing the devastation in Turkey/Syria… The ever-growing death toll… the plight of the bereaved and homeless… determined rescuers… the continuing civil war in Syria and resulting UN sanctions… problems of aid reaching the most needy and vulnerable.

…Reading of Anglican bishops… proposing new prayers to be said over same-sex couples in church, following their civil marriage ceremony… Conservatives say that same-sex partnerships aren’t valid in God’s sight… Liberal Christians want to conduct gay marriages in church…

…Chatting to Bill… Bill is a single parent with 4 children from 2 mothers; his new girlfriend has 5 children with 2 different fathers… all of the adults get on well together…

…Watching Brian… His wife, Brenda, has significant dementia and physical problems that affect her mobility… he has physical and mental ill-health himself… watching him kindly, gently, lovingly, talk to Brenda, help her in her wheel chair…

…Reading Jennifer Bute… GP, diagnosed with dementia… ‘In relationships, openness and truth are important, but in the end it’s love and acceptance that counts’

Musing on 1 Corinthains 13 (The Message)

Love never dies… We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete…

We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright!

…But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do… Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

Returning to Burt Bacharach

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
No, not just for some but for everyone.

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