Sunday, May 2, 2010

Love for Today

" I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13:34-35

This morning, our children and young people will be leading most of the service. It is a busy Sunday and a lively one also. We try hard to include our kids in all aspects of the life of the church, but it is apparent that church is not always loving and open to them. We try too hard to be quiet. We try too hard to have everything in good order. And including children means, loosening some of the order and living in the moment with joy and celebration, no matter what happens. Loving others today invites us to live a life full of ups and downs, a day of noise and confusion. And how wonderful it is to hear and be surrounded by children who want to know God and live in a community of faith!

The disciples wanted to reassurance ans security. So do we. And yet their rabbi, their teacher and their friend told them that love3 was the way to go forward, love was the vehicle of their movement and their ministry. They wanted firm rules and they got a hard lesson - that love would be their identity and their sign. Where they loved each other and the people - God would be there with them.

Today, I pray for God's presence with us as we love. As we move through the challenges and confusion of today, may our priority always stay with our love for others. Without God's love and presence I cannot moved forward. May we all love today so that God's love and mission might be known across our world.

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