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EMMA WAKPI | Supported by the Rob & Meg Parer Writing Fellowship

Kosua children in Seane Falls VillageI HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT some of my favourite passages from the Bible and seeing how I could grasp their meaning better if I paraphrased them in poems and songs.

Since Christmas a passage in 1 Corinthians 13 has had me contemplating the essence of love.

Nowadays our society is saturated with a selfish eros-infused love concerned only with what makes people feel good. It's all about me and what I want and how you have to fulfil me and if you don't then I'm going to ensure I get what I want elsewhere.

The essence of love is the conscious decision by individuals to commit to be unconditionally generous.

This sounds very simple I know, but imagine how this world would be if everyone of us chose to believe and practise this? I dream...


Is patient and is kind
In it envy you will never find
Does not boast, there’s no pride
It isn’t rude, selfish or easily riled

Evil thoughts aren’t entertained
Immoral ways are disdained
Truth and truth alone
Love’s pleasure obtains
Understands and forgives
Has faith to bear all ills

Its hope is for eternity
Therefore endures all calamities
Will Never Fail

1 Corinthians 13:4-8a


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Hinderliter Steadman

The word of God in 1 Corinthians 13:4 8-a is being read in the second reading in a wedding ceremony. This is to remind everyone the true character of true love.

May every couple find in their hearts the true meaning of love and demonstrate the expectations of being parents to their children.

Let God be the center of any relationship. This would surely be the only way to become successful.

God bless us all!

Keep loving everyone!

Jeanne Young

That is also my favorite quote about love. There is no greater meaning that we can give to love but from this verse.

Emma Wakpi

Thank you Barbara and Bob.

Bob Cleland

Beautiful Emma.

Mrs Barbara Short

Lovely paraphrase, Emma. God loves you.

It contains the wonderful Truth about Love in the Christian Gospel, the answer to all the problems facing the world today.

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