I think these verses from the Passion Translation are beautiful. I want to share them with you. They are 1 Cor 13:12-13.
12For now we see but a faint reflection of riddles and mysteries as though reflected in a mirror, but one day we will see face-to-face. My understanding is incomplete now, but one day I will understand everything, just as everything about me has been fully understood. 13Until then, there are three things that remain: faith, hope, and love—yet love surpasses them all. So above all else, let love be the beautiful prize for which you run.
When I was a child my prayers to God were to One who was far away in the heavens somewhere. I didn’t know Him well, only by stories from the Bible…like riddles and mysteries reflected in an old clouded mirror.
Through the years, the ups and downs, and heartaches that accompany life, my prayers changed. My understanding of Him changed. I had come to know Him as the One who died for my sins and rose out of the grave so that I could one day do the same.
Now I’m in my waning years. I’ve seen the death of my first born. It made me think how the Father felt when He allowed Jesus to be tortured and die for us. Such love He has for us that He could do that. I am so thankful my son is with Him.
Throughout our lives He makes Himself known to us, if we want to know Him. He has even saved my life several times with audible words.… perhaps from an angel. I don’t know, but I’m thankful for that. What has never failed is faith, hope, and love. We don’t understand everything now, but someday we will.
For now we are witnesses to the incredible, unfailing, never-ending Love of God. He has put that in my heart, and it is available to everyone who receives Jesus Christ as their savior. He also gives us the grace to forgive others. Everything we need to survive the struggle of life comes from Love, the beautiful prize for which we run.
It is so wonderful to know Him. I couldn’t live without Him, and someday I will see Him face to face. Because of Him we can say Merry Christmas to all!