This week in our church family’s worship time, Allen chose ‘Love’ as the focus of his sermon. It was a good time of him quoting thoughts on love ranging from Jesus to the Beatles and from Tom T. Hall to John Oxenham. It was great!
“Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.”
~ Jesus, as quoted in the Gospel of John 13: 34, 35, The Message
There’s nothing you can know that isn’t known.
Nothing you can see that isn’t shown.
Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.
All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
~ the Beatles, lyrics from All You Need Is Love
I love little rubber ducks,
Old pick-up trucks,
I love, little country streams,
Sleep without dreams,
Sunday school in may,
And I love you too.
~ Tom T. Hall, lyrics from I Love
I assume you know Jesus, the Beatles and Tom T. Hall. But who is this John Oxenham, you ask. Oxenham is actually the pen name of a man worth knowing something about: William Dunkerly.Click on his name to learn more about him on Wikipedia as a starter. (as usual, I’ll encourage you to look on to other sources aside from Wikipedia, but it is often a convenient place to start) Oxenham was a writer of prose and poetry. He wrote books. He wrote for magazines. He wrote wonderful verse and even hymns.
WORKS BY DUNKERLY/OXENHAM
In Christ there is no East or West,
In Him no South or North;
But one great fellowship of love
Throughout the whole wide earth.
~from the hymn In Christ There Is No East or West
The Mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceeding small–
So soft and slow the great wheels go they scarcely move at all;
But the souls of men fall into them and are powdered into dust,
And in that dust grow the Passion-Flowers–Love, Hope, Trust.
~from the book Bees in the Amber
Love ever gives.
And ever stands
With open hands.
And while it lives,
For this is love’s prerogative —
To give, and give, and give.
~from the poem Love Ever Gives
Since Allen quoted him, I was interested in Oxenham’s other works. His thoughts on God’s Mills grinding us into fertile powder are powerful and caused me to consider how I’m being a fertile powder in my normal days. I can quote all my favorite sages on love but I often don’t live out the truths that I read although, increasingly, I want to.
So in the spirit of challenging you to love others this week, I’ve shared these quotes. Now I need to live up to their challenges. But how about you? What is your favorite quote about love? And I’d prefer not the sappy kind of love quote though I realize that ‘sappy’ is in the eye of the beholder. I’d prefer deeper quotes on sacrificial, serving love. Whatever the quote may be, I hope you’ll take a minute to post it here whether it’s prose or poetry, secular or sacred. Inspire us. Share the love!