And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV

Listen to Words from the Heart

These Remain

If a visa holder in Canada finds themselves out of status, either through negligence (simply not filing an extension application in time) or through error (thinking your legal representative filed the documents but in fact never did), the immigration regime allows for a grace period of ninety days, called a Restoration Period, in which, as the name suggests, an application can be submitted to restore one’s status to the previously held visa. It is obviously preferable to extend the visa before restoration is necessary.

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Nothing in this life lasts forever. The seasons remind us of that. Today is the first day of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. We are looking forward to the end of winter and the promise of new life and warm weather. But this won’t last forever. Autumn will come, and another winter. It won’t be long before the current technology will be redundant. The Bible recognizes this. In the beautiful love chapter in his first epistle to the believers in Corinth, the apostle Paul speaks to this, talking about things that disappear and fade. Then he writes this in 1 Corinthians 13:13: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” Only the things of the spirit last forever. There is a longing in every human heart for a relationship with our Creator. That longing is only met by faith in Jesus Christ. In Him we experience hope for this life and into eternity. Finally, Paul speaks of the greatest of these – love. The love of God never fades, never changes, never waffles. Faith, hope and love are all gifts from our immutable God. When everything changes, these three remain.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley