“Love is patient and kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.”
-I Corinthians 13:4-8

February 14 is coming up and I would like us to think about love.
Dr. Karl Menninger, one of the most prominent psychiatrists, has said, “Love is the medicine for our sick old world.” His staff was often told that love was the most powerful thing they could give to their patients.
Scientists have been analyzing love in the laboratory for many years. They have learned that love produces changes in body chemistry. When male meets a female, the blood level of an amino acid, phenylalanine, leaps to a high equaled only by devouring a pound of chocolate. “People in the throes of love,” says researcher Cathy Lawhon, “call it magic, but human behaviorists attempt to define it scientifically. Theories of how chemistry works range from the biochemical effects or raised phenylalanine levels in the blood during love relationships to synchronous and harmonious personal interactional styles.”
More than 2,000 years ago, in the city of ancient Ephesus, a learned rabbi, turned missionary-preacher by the name Paul, analyzed the chemistry of love. He mentioned a variety of ingredients which make up the real thing: patience, truthfulness, sacrifice, service, etc.
Let’s recall I Corinthians 13:1-3: “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels but do not love, I have become a noisy gong or clanging cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries, and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains but do not love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but do not love, it profits me nothing.”
This will be a good place to begin as we renew our commitment to love one another, to love others, to love our spouse, to love our children, and to love our families.

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