Faith, Hope, and Love

Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti, together they are the “Three Tenors.”  Now you know everything I know about the opera.  My musical ability stops with playing the radio, but somewhere—I think it was a Seinfeld episode—I heard about Domingo, Carreras, and Pavarotti.  So too me, the three always go together.

While I may not know a lot about the opera, I do know that music is composed of three parts—melody, rhythm, and harmony.  Melody is the flow; rhythm is the speed; and harmony is the blend, or color, of a song.  When put together correctly the resulting music is pleasing to the ear; and while all three are important, without the melody all you have is noise.

Three other things go together—faith, hope, and love.  Faith, like rhythm, controls the speed in my life.  Hope, like harmony is the blend, or color.  Love, like a melody, makes my life flow.  When I demonstrate all three, my life produces a concert more pleasing than the Three Tenors.  But without love, faith and hope are nothing more than senseless clatter.

 “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13).


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