Ron continues his love series from I Corinthians 13 with a post entitled, “Love Always Hopes.” Two women discuss the impact new housing will have in their community. In this series, Ron breaks down I Corinthians 13:4-7 into easily segments by using a selection of “love” themed short stories.
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A Need To Talk
Darlene stuffed the letter into her purse, threw the envelope in the garbage, grabbed her coat from the back of the chair, and stomped out of her house. She didn’t bother to call to see if Jan were in. She assumed she would be and she really didn’t care whether or not Jan wanted to see her. She needed to talk.
Jan opened her door to Darlene’s triple ring of the doorbell. A look of surprise crossed her face when she saw her friend. “Darlene, is everything okay?”
“No, it is not. I need to talk to you.”
“Well, come on in. Take your coat off. Sit at the table, and I’ll pour us some coffee.”
Darlene followed Jan’s instructions and, once settled in her chair, said, “I got the letter. The city has approved the housing development on Memorial Avenue.”
“So it’s a done deal?” Jan asked.
“It is,” said Darlene.
That’ll Change Things
Jan returned from the counter and set the steaming cups on the table. “That’ll change things around here.”
“You can say that again,” said Darlene. “I’m really upset!”
“It doesn’t have to change everything for the worse.” Jan said. “It’ll be good for local small businesses like variety stores. It’ll bring more people within easy reach of the church.”
“I wouldn’t be thinking about those things. There are more important considerations. You talk about people, but who knows what kind of people are going to be neighbours. People who move into a public housing project certainly aren’t going to be like us. I’m worried about the kids going to school…”
Jan interrupted, “I didn’t think about kids. Of course there’ll be children. Maggie Burns and Chris Evans will be able to keep their jobs, if they get the school back up to full enrollment.”
Changing Our World
Darlene scowled. “You don’t get it, Jan. They’re changing our world. They’re building a bunch of ugly housing units, for a bunch of strangers. Our house values will drop. In fact, we’ll never be able to get our investments out of our properties. This is a disaster!”
“While there are likely to be some downsides, there’ll be upsides, too,” said Jan.
“No upside can counterbalance the total destruction of our community. I’ve worked so hard at
city hall to keep this thing out of here. I can’t believe council just went ahead and approved it anyway. Those politicians should be shot.”
“That’s a little strong, isn’t it.”
“They’re killing this community. It’ll never be the same. We moved here because of the way it’s always been. And now they’re fast-tracking this insane development. Phase one is to be finished in a year.”
“Darlene, I think we need to take a Christian view of this. God is bringing us some new neighbours to love. This is a great opportunity to show Christ’s love to people who most likely know nothing about it.”
Love Always Hopes
Darlene’s eyes flashed. “Where’s your sense of justice? Talk about ‘love’ all you want, but this is unfair. This development is being forced on us and we don’t want it.”
“I can see why some might look at it that way but, in a situation like this, I hope for the best. I believe that God will give us grace to deal with the negative side of things. But think of the positives. Our teacher friends will keep their jobs. It’ll help the local economy. It gives the church a chance to involve itself in missions in a way that we haven’t seen in years.”
Darlene shoved her half-emptied coffee cup across the table. “I’m going back home,” she said. “I can’t make you understand what’s happening here. This is outrageous! Nothing good can come of it. You’ll see what I mean when the thing is finished and it’s too late.”
She stood up as she talked. “We’ve got to try to get this thing reversed. I need help, and you’re obviously not interested in helping. I can find the door myself.”
Jan sat at the table after the door slammed shut. She took a sip of her coffee. This is going to be a challenge, she thought. I hope everything does work out for the best with the new housing development, but I hope I’m able to stay friends with Darlene and the rest of the community, too. Love always hopes.
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New Housing – Seth Taylor
Doorbell – H. Assaf
Church – Joe Jessop
Love Always Hopes– Keramark Solutions