Painting by Gustav Semler
Shepherd of Love!

If I could speak in thousand tongues

And had the gift of prophecy,

If I could move the greatest mount

And understood all mystery,

But had not love to show the world

How meaningless my life would be.

If I gave all that I posses

And gave my body to be burned;

If I had knowledge of all things,

All wisdom of this world had learned,

But had not love to show my friend,

Then I would be an empty shell.

Love show it's patient, kind and true.

Love is not rude, it does not boast.

Love keeps not score, is not puffed up

Love always trusts and always hopes.

Now there is Faith and Hope and Love,

Love is the greatest of all three.

Now there is Faith and Hope and Love,

Lord let the world see Love in me.

Lord let my friends see Christ in me!

Karin Ristau 

Based on 1. Corinthians 13


Mari said...

Great passage for today!

Ginny said...

This is my favorite poem you've written. I posted a few of these verses today, as well. I think you are maybe a night owl?

Anonymous said...


Wishing you and yours many blessings this Valentine's week Karin.

Jan said...

Dear Karin, your poetry has such a lilt to it, and such beautiful meaning.
Thanks for your kindness.
Love and blessings,

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ellen b. said...

Great passage for this day :o)

Marg said...

That is the perfect love that God gave and touched our lives when we build a relationship with him.
True love indeed, not as the world sees it.

Ann said...

Love always trusts and always hopes.

In God there is always hope though sometimes you can't see it when you are in despair.

Velvet Over Steel said...

Great passage & Beautiful poem, Karin!!! Thank you so much for sharing with us!!!

Coreen xoxo

Glenda said...

I do see Christ in you, Karin!

Karen said...

I LOVED this, Karin!

Shug said...

How Beautiful...Lovely post!

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Beautiful words for today...and every day!

George said...

I really like your paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 13. I also like the painting. Thanks for a wonderful post.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Karin, What a beautiful post.. The "Love Chapter" (1st Cor. 13) is always a favorite... Thanks so much for sharing


Warren Baldwin said...

Such a bedrock passage for Christian ethics and conduct. Recently a Christian man told me that too many churches today are putting too much emphasis on relationships and not enough on doctrine. Seems to me that verses like this are doctrine, aren't they? Good post.

Karabeth Bapt. Homeschool said...

Jesus: the ultimate Valentine!

Wendy said...

So true and love never dies.

Joy said...

That is my prayer also. That picture of Jesus carrying the lamb is one of my favorites.
♥ Joy

Lady Dorothy said...

Beautiful! Wish I would have been here to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day!

C said...

It is only love, Karin. Only love. :)