An Ecumenical Family of Faith
A message from the Pastor ...
Here we are at more than just the start of a new year—we are at the beginning
of a new decade—2020!
We just celebrated Christmas (have you fully recovered yet?!) and rejoiced that
God came to us in Jesus. God is with us. As we move into this new decade,
remembering that last sentence can change every moment of every day. God
is with us—no matter what is in front of us—good or bad—God is with us.
That wonderful gift from God deserves a grateful response from us. And in Jesus’ ministry he told us how to do that—love God and love others.
And by the way, love is action. People show their love in actions. Jesus knew that, and that’s why Jesus told his disciples to show their love. Love one another. He said, “By your love, they will know more about you than by anything else you can do. Love each other as I have loved you.” (John 13:34-35).
Jesus was a great teacher. He didn’t simply tell his disciples (and tell us) to love each other. Jesus lived a life that embodied love. He healed the sick. He fed the hungry. He comforted the confused. He hugged the little children. Jesus’ love was so great that he went to the cross, as his greatest demonstration of action-packed love for us.
The love that Jesus wants his disciples -- wants us -- to enter into is not just feel-good love, but action-packed love.
Here’s a lovely poem to start off this new decade -- a “prayer poem” of wonderful instructions for action packed love entitled “Heartprints.”
Whatever our hands touch—
We leave fingerprints!
On walls, on furniture,
On doorknobs, dishes, books—there’s no escape!
As we touch we leave our identity.
O God, wherever I go today,
Help me to leave heartprints!
Heartprints of compassion,
Of understanding and love.
Heartprints of kindness and genuine concern.
May my heart touch a lonely neighbor,
Or a runaway daughter,
Or, an anxious mother, or perhaps, even a friend!
Lord, send me out today
To leave heartprints.
And if anyone should say,
“I felt your touch,”
May that person sense your love
Touching them through me.
The love that has been so graciously given to us is to be shared with the world.
Happy New Year—Happy New Decade. May it be filled with action-packed love.
~ Pastor Vicky
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