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Brenda Cannon Henley

Verse 6 of 1 Corinthians 13 is important when we are working on developing and strengthening the love we have for God and for each other. I have always loved the verse that says so clearly that we love Him because He first loved us. How true that is in earthly relationships, too. It is much easier to love someone who loved us first or loved us best. When you walk into a new situation, the mind quickly focuses on the first person who reached out to welcome you or to be your friend.

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Words come in all shapes, sizes and languages, in caps or lower case letters, written, typed, inscribed or said. Sometimes they are spoken in a whisper and sometimes screamed from the rooftops. We often say or write things when we don’t even know for sure what the words mean. Words can help heal, and words can cause unbearable damage, wrecking homes, relationships, professions and our lives.

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We are down to a really hard attribute of love in our study of 1 Corinthians 13, often termed “the love chapter” in Scripture. We have discussed love, patience, kindness, generosity, humility, courtesy, and now this difficult one to practice or about which to write — being totally unselfish.

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I have enjoyed a delightful time really taking to heart the huge word “love” and trying to assimilate its wonderful qualities. I would like to think that this short four-letter word has made a difference in my life and that others can see and experience it in our day-to-day contact. I have learned several things from Professor Henry Drummond, who wrote the little gem “The Greatest Thing in the World,” where he avidly declares that love is indeed that. The edition I have is copyrighted in 1890, by James Pott and Co.

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I’ve wanted to write this column for many years, but have not had the unction or the freedom to sit down and do so. I decided several months ago that I would tackle my inner thoughts on mothers and sons and daughters while my health and mind were still up for the challenge. Let me add here before I delve in that I know all family dynamics are not the same.

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