Love never fails

1 Corinthians 13:8 Amplified Bible
Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. As for prophecy (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), it will be fulfilled and pass away; as for tongues, they will be destroyed and cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away [it will lose its value and be superseded by truth].

Allow the following story to minister to you today:

In his book Mortal Lessons: Notes on the Art of Surgery, surgeon Richard Selzer tells of the night he stood by the bed of a young woman recovering from facial surgery. Her mouth was twisted with palsy. Almost clownish. There had been a tumor on her cheek. To remove it, Selzer had to cut a tiny twig of the facial nerve—the one to the muscles of her mouth. Her mouth would have this awkward twist the rest of her life. A young man was in the room with her, standing on the opposite side of the bed. Together, this couple seemed to dwell in the evening lamplight, isolated from the surgeon. “Who are they?” Selzer asked himself. “He and this wry-mouth I have made, who gaze at and touch each other so generously, greedily?”

“Will my mouth always be like this?” she asked, looking his way.“Yes, it will. It’s because the nerve was cut,” Selzer explains. She nods, and is silent.  But the young man smiles. “I like it,” he says. “It’s kind of cute.”

All at once Selzer knew who the man was. He understands and lowers his gaze. Unmindful of the surgeon’s presence, the young husband bends to kiss his wife’s crooked mouth, Selzer so close he could see how he twists his own lips to accommodate to hers—to show her that their kiss still works.

 Richard Selzer, Mortal Lessons: Notes on the Art of Surgery
(New York: Simon and Schuster, 1974), pp. 45, 46.

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