Show Me, Lord

We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say “It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.”

Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.

~ Mr. Rogers

 

Today, keep your eyes peeled for needs…

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…and be a helper.

Bless You

All I am saying is that anyone can do this. Anyone can ask and anyone can bless, whether anyone has authorized you to do it or not. All I am saying is that the world needs you to do this, because there is a real shortage of people willing to kneel wherever they are and recognize the holiness holding its sometimes bony, often tender, always life-giving hand above their heads. That we are able to bless one another at all is evidence that we have been blessed, whether we can remember when or not. That we are willing to bless one another is miracle enough to stagger the very stars.”  Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World

Show Some Love

Mark 12:28-31

And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?”

Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 

The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

During the current COVID-19 outbreak, here are a few ways to show yourself and your neighbor some love:

  • PRAY
  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, and maintain 6 ft of social distancing if you are around others. Do not shake hands. Social distancing is extremely important to protect our neighbors from being infected. You do not have to be actively sick to carry the virus or pass it to others!
  • Cover coughs and sneezes, then wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer. Immediately throw away used tissues.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Don’t forget those cell phones!
  • PRAY

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (2 Cor. 13:14)

Agape

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Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible.” Ephesians 6:23-24

As we talked about during this morning’s class, the Greeks had four primary words for love: agape, eros, storge, and philia. The one Paul chooses to use in his letters is agape – a self-sacrificing, unconditional love like the one God has for his children. This is the type of love shared by Christians who form the body of Christ. It is a love that calls for action.

The New York Life Insurance Company released a commercial this past Super Bowl Sunday that talks about the ancient Greek words for love. In the end, it’s still a commercial; but, they do a really good job of reminding us of the truly important things in life. Click to view:  Agape Commercial