Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Greatest of These Is Love

The Greatest of These Is Love
Ordinary 4
I Corinthians 13:1-13

Good morning, boys and girls!  There is a story I read on the Internet that I'd like to share with you this morning.  It goes like this...

There was an anthropologist who had been studying the life and customs of a tribe of people in Africa.  He worked for months and months.  Finally, he was ready to go home and compile all of what he had learned into a book.  He had some extra time before leaving for the airport, so he suggested a game to a group of children who were there to say "Good-bye."

The scientist took a basket and filled it with fruit.  He put the basket of fruit under a tree about 50 yards from where the children were gathered.  He went back to the group and drew a line on the ground.  He explained that they should wait behind the line for his signal.  When he said, "Go!" they should all run to the basket.  Whoever got there first would win the fruit.

The man said, "On your marks, get set, Go!"

At the signal, "Go!" all the boys and girls held each others' hands and ran off toward the basket together.  When they all arrived at the same time, they shared the sweet fruit.

The anthropologist was super surprised.  "Why did you all run together, when one of you could have won all of the fruit?" he asked.

A young girl answered, "How can one of us be happy if all the others are sad?"

The Bible tells us that love is the greatest gift of all.  The African children in the story understood that lesson and taught it to the anthropologist!

Let us Pray:
Dear God, We know that all good gifts come from you, and the greatest gift is love.  Help us to love one another as you have loved us.  In Jesus' name, Amen.


  1. Wonderful story! Great photograph, too.

    1. So glad you like it! I wish I could give credit to the photographer, but although I found it duplicated in many places online, I could not find who the photographic artist is.


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