What is your favorite number?
Is it 13? seventy times seven? 686?
The speaker at church said that Love is mentioned over 686 times in the Bible, beginning in the Old Testament and covering over all until the end of the New Testament. Jesus’ love covers our sins. Love covers us like a roof with plenty of overhang.
“Love bears all things — stego in the Greek of 1 Corinthians 13 — literally a thatch roof, a roof taking the rain and the wind and all that comes beating. Love’s a roof that absorbs all that would damage.” ~Ann Voskamp
Love is a roof that absorbs the storms.
Love bears all things – like a roof bears the wind and the rain. Love willingly carries one another’s burdens – like a roof bears the burden of the snow and the beating sun. Love bends and enfolds itself around another like a roof. This is love. ~Ann Voskamp
It took 284 roofing shingles to cover my house and protect it from the outside. The contractor bought extra. “For goofs,” he said. They are in the garage now, waiting for goofs, I suppose.
It takes 365 days to cover a year.
And love’s roof has 686 reminders…
Would we be that reminder for someone today?