One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, ”is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
My late husband, when we reached a place in our life together that required discussion, decision, agreement, action, whatever – and we each had said his piece and there were no more words – would sing to me. His favorite was “Froggy Went A-Courtin’” but his repertory also included this hymn from Ferdinand Rodriquez “O Lord, I’m Running to Meet You.”
“Don’t beg from me, you scrawny boy, you’re no concern of mine… You may repent when you’re in jail, you’re no concern of mine… Don’t show me that your feet are bare, you’re no concern of mine. I’m not the One who answers prayer. I’m due at the church at half past nine! O Lord, I’m running to meet you, O Lord, I’m running to meet you, Show me your face, O Lord!”
GOD OF ALL MANKIND AND EVERY LIVING THING, KEEP OUR FEET ON YOUR PATH AND OUR EYES ON YOUR GOAL SO THAT WE MAY LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS YOU LOVE US. AMEN.
-Shared by Elizabeth Phipps