Seasons of Love

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Last year, for a general studies requirement, I took Introduction to Theatre. One of the plays we read was “A Raisin in the Sun.” While I was reading the famous American play, I came across a quote that really touched me.

In the play, Mama says, “Child, when do you think is the time to love somebody the most? When they done good and made things easy for everybody? Well then, you ain’t through learning–because that ain’t the time at all. Its when he’s at his lowest and can’t believe in hisself ’cause the world done whipped him so! When you starts measuring somebody, measure him right. Make sure you done taken into account what hills and valleys he come through before he got to wherever he is.”

When I read this, I thought about the times I have been guilty of judging someone without considering the “hills and valleys he come through before he got to wherever he is.” I thought about the times I have been guilty of loving someone when things are good and not loving them when times are bad. I thought about what a difference it would make in someone’s life if I loved them when they were at their lowest–at the end of their rope–and had no hope to carry on.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, 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. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a

Love IS all of these things. Love is ALWAYS all of these things. Love is always ALL of these things. If someone is hurting and grieving or if someone makes a mistake, love IS ALWAYS, even in the hard times and bad times.

I think about the song, “Seasons of Love” from the movie “Rent.” There are no seasons to love. Love is continuous and unconditional. It never fails. Only God’s love can be so perfect, but I pray that God would let His love flow out of me for His glory.

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us” (1 John 4:7-12, NIV).

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