The minister stood behind the podium preaching boldly, with his large aged brown leather bible open in his secure and steady hand, he looked proudly at Cora and Nelson who faced each other clasping hands and gazing intently into each other eyes.
“If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but not have love…. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all the mysteries and knowledge, but not have love…If I have faith so strong to move mountains, but not have love…I AM NOTHING,” he paused for a moment as everyone began to feel his words. They’re spirits being awakened inside of them.
“And if I should give all that I own to feed the poor, and give my body to be burned, but not have love…I gain nothing,” he continued. “Love knows endurance, it is kind; Love has no desire for envy; Love can care less about vanity, It’s not boastful, It flows perfectly, spreading to all without prejudice… It is not forced, it does not keep track of wrongs or gain happiness in wickedness, but blossoms in the truth,” he paused a moment, his words still echoed throughout the mansion.
Amens and Hallelujahs could be heard in the background. Cora and Nelson could feel the intense positive energy and love for them coming from the pastor. It was overwhelming, moving them to tears.
“Love supports all things, believes all things, hope in all things, endures all things. Love NEVER fails,”
he said again before falling silent once more. He looked directly over at David Pennington.
“But if there are prophecies, they shall be done away,” David stood and glared at the pastor, he opened his mouth to protest, but the Pastor overpowered him by speaking louder and more intensely saying. “If there be tongues, they shall CEASE!” and with that David lost his voice and his mouth clamped shut. Dumbfounded he fell back into his seat. The pastor now fixed his gaze on Leslie and Jamal Koroma. “If there be knowledge, it shall be done away. We do not fully know, knowledge and our prophesy is incomplete, but when that which is perfect come…God the Father…the Love that God has bestowed on all of us, that which is incomplete shall be done away with…When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child. Now that I am a man…I have put away my childish things…Now we see clearly, our knowledge is not complete, but when that which is perfect shall come, we will know fully, just how we have been fully known…But, for now have faith, have hope, have love. But, remember the most vital of these three is love.”