We are still on our journey, aren’t we? I am so blessed that Our Lord has put us together! As you know, Ellen and I just moved to Garner from South Carolina in June 2018, and now – instead of being “retired” – I am busier than ever. The gracious welcome I have received from all of you at Resurrection has been wonderful and we can feel God’s love simmering in every service and class and gathering.
However, we should not neglect the mission field – all of those around us, friends, and neighbors who do not have a relationship with Jesus. As we go into February – the Super Bowl will be behind us, but let’s not forget that old fashioned secular holiday. Yes, I am talking about February 14th – Valentine’s Day.
Having received the Love of Christ, as Christians we should be the first to answer the call to love one another. Certainly we should not neglect the romantic love that is traditionally related to Valentine’s Day – but we should also be among the first to extend the fellowship of love to our friends and co-workers and neighbors. Although Valentine’s Day has caught the public spotlight – Jesus put us on this track with His teaching from John 13:
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Jesus said this just before He laid down His Life for us – the ultimate act of love!
Now one of the things we learned from Valentine’s Day as children, was to communicate the love that we felt. And even today, communication is the foundation of any good relationship. The prime way we communicate with God is through prayer – and that informs our focus on the Lord’s Prayer during most of this month. Our Adult Education classes have been having a great turnout for the group of teachers that have been walking us through Rev. Dr. Daniel Paavola’a book, Our Way Home. And our sermon series on the Petitions of the Lord’s Prayer will also help us in our communication with Our Lord of Love.
As we travel through February – please reach out to one another. On our wonderful journey with Jesus, we should do our best to make sure that no one is left behind!