Wednesday, November 4, 2015

But The Greatest Of These Is Their Love

But The Greatest Of These Is Their Love
Wounded Times
Kathie Costos
November 4, 2015

They say there is no greater love than to lay down your life for the sake of your friends.
There is an even great love that never ends.
We're reminded everyday if we are willing to see
that some do it everyday for strangers like you and me.
Firefighters rush towards dangerous flames
while no one else knows their names.
The alarm sounds and they go to the unknown
not knowing if they will ever get back home.
Then they go back home at the end of their shifts
wondering all the time about what ifs.
They try to leave it all behind
but peaceful thoughts are sometimes hard to find.

They say there is no greater love than to lay down your life for the sake of your friends.
There is an even great love that never ends.
We're reminded everyday if we are willing to see
that some do it everyday for strangers like you and me.
Police officers watch over the street
for when criminals and victims meet
ready to put themselves in between
with deep love seldom seen
yet hated by many they still defend
knowing it could bring their own life to an end.
They believe we're worth the risks they take
and they do it for their blue family's sake.

They say there is no greater love than to lay down your life for the sake of your friends.
There is an even great love that never ends.
We're reminded everyday if we are willing to see
that some do it everyday for you and me.

In the military and National Guard
their lives are often very hard.
Men and women serve at home and in strange lands
just to give helping hands.
When nature strikes or terror takes the night
ready to do whatever it takes to make things right
they wait, they watch, they pray
this this will not be their last day.

They say there is no greater love than to lay down your life for the sake of your friends.
There is an even great love that never ends.
We're reminded everyday if we are willing to see
that some do it everyday for strangers like you and me.

They know the price they pay while they serve
yet they do not receive what they deserve.
All they wanted to do was save lives no matter the cost.
So why it is then we leave so many lost?
Searching for a way to be themselves again
for comfort, understanding and healing
just so they can stop fearing feeling.

They say there is no greater love than to lay down your life for the sake of your friends.
There is an even great love that never ends.
We're reminded everyday if we are willing to see
that do it everyday for you and me.

They all needed courage to do what they did
when they went toward danger while we ran and hid
and they survived it all somehow
left to wonder where are we now
they need help to heal their grief
and support to find relief.
We all had faith they'd show up and hope they would succeed
but we all forget there was love behind the deed.
How else could they do it so strangers could live
unless they had so much love to give?


Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
John 15:13 New International Version (NIV)


Unless it is for strangers so we may live on.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 New International Version (NIV)