13 What if I could speak all languages of humans and of angels?
If I did not love others, I would be nothing more than a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
2 What if I could prophesy and understand all secrets and all knowledge?
And what if I had faith that moved mountains?
I would be nothing, unless I loved others.
3 What if I gave away all that I owned and let myself be burned alive?
I would gain nothing, unless I loved others.
4 Love is kind and patient, never jealous, boastful, proud, or 5 rude.
Love isn’t selfish or quick tempered.
It doesn’t keep a record of wrongs that others do.
6 Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil.
7 Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting.
8 Love never fails!
Everyone who prophesies will stop, and unknown languages will no longer be spoken.
All that we know will be forgotten.
9 We don’t know everything, and our prophecies are not complete.
10 But what is perfect will someday appear, and what isn’t perfect will then disappear.
11 When we were children, we thought and reasoned as children do.
But when we grew up, we quit our childish ways.
12 Now all we can see of God is like a cloudy picture in a mirror.
Later we will see him face to face.
We don’t know everything, but then we will, just as God completely understands us.
13 For now there are faith, hope, and love.
But of these three,
the greatest is love.
1 Corinthians 13 (CEV)
“Love Is” Banner
Our mantel is graced with a lovely old church window.
There isn’t any season angst for me about “Hmm, what’s going on the mantel now?”
It’s just so easy. Because that window will be there a long, long time.
I actually have some other ideas I want to try, but they’re going to wait.
The window is it.
So if the church window needs a banner for Valentine’s month, it’s going to be a “churchy” banner.
This “Love Is” banner based on 1 Corinthians 13. Specifically, conversation hearts that say what love really is instead of the usual “Be Mine” or “Love Bug” or “Cute Stuff.”
And we’re going to share this banner with you, because that’s what love does.
And you can share them with anyone you want to. Make one for the children’s Sunday School class, for the local senior center, for your child’s teacher…
Just print, cut, punch holes, and string up.
The banners hanging on the church window are the colored conversation hearts versions. There wasn’t room for all the word options, so we had to pick the traits we wanted to show. Now we have some left over for someone else.
The banner printable is twelve pages, with four different versions. There are a pink watercolor and conversation heart option for both the “Love is…” version and the “Faith, Hope, Love (or Charity)” version. They will all print, unless your printer has the option to choose which pages you want.
Download the “Love Is” Heart Banner…