I was hungry and you fed me.
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink.
I was a stranger and you welcomed me.
I was naked and you gave me clothes.
I was sick and you took care of me.
I was in prison and you visited me.
I was weak and you held me.
I was hurting and you soothed me.
I was lost and you helped me find my way.
I was vulnerable and you stood beside me.
I was weary and you took over.
I was scared and you comforted me.
I was little and you nurtured me.
I was lonely and you had time for me.
I was different and you treated me the same.
I was stupid and you said ‘we all make mistakes’.
I was broken and you picked up the pieces.
I was abandoned and you stayed.
I was making bad choices and you didn’t judge.
I was dying and you remained with me.
I was sorry and you forgave me.
I was frail and you were gentle.
I was grieving and you gave me space to grieve.
I was mocked and you took my part.
I was filled with sorrow, and you held me in your arms.
‘Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.’
1 Corinthians 13:4-13 (NRSVA)
‘Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.’
1 John 4:8
‘And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”’