Thursday, April 27, 2017

Do you believe in Love?

The Bible says that love bears all things, believes all things, and endures all things.  Personally, I believe love carries an incredible amount of power… but there are times I can ignore its strength. This month we are beginning a new sermon series based on 1 John.  This book emphasizes that there is no greater representation of God than in the love we show our neighbors!  Think about that!  This past week I saw people from Community Lutheran church visiting the sick, praying for the needy, caring for the lonely, and welcoming the stranger.  This love inspires me, and it reminds me of the ways that God is with us. 
This week I hope we can all be intentional about sharing the love of Christ.  However, love is not just something we have to offer.  It is also a gift we have to learn to receive.  I have come to believe that accepting love is just as important as sharing it.  I know over the past few weeks, when I was so busy with work and a sick baby, it became easy to ignore or even deny the love that was being shown to me.  The Bible tells us that love is all around us… in the strangers and friends we meet every day.  However, if we don’t take time to intentionally appreciate or acknowledge this love, we can find ourselves in a pretty dark spot. 
Today I hope we can remember Love is with us.  May we share it with joy and accept it with grace!


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Resurrection Hope!

Easter has come and gone...  Do you feel any different?  We have received the greatest news in the world, but sometimes it’s easy to slip back into old habits, anxieties, and frustrations.  
The past few weeks have been kind of a blur for me, but I am so thankful my family made time to celebrate the good news.  Looking back, I was pretty exhausted, but I will always remember the joy of my two year old child running around talking about Easter eggs or shouting, “Look mommy, JESUS!” in the middle of the 9:30 Easter service.  (Maybe he doesn’t have all the theology down… but he has found joy and grace in the people around him!) 
Life can be exhausting…  However, I’ve grown so much while looking at the world through the eyes of a two year old.  I hope and pray you can all see the joy of the resurrection wherever you go!