I John 4:20-21
Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.
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I love God. What's not to love? God created us, delights in us, cleans us up and dusts us off, forgives us, flings us into the air with giggling wonder, feeds us, promises to push us through death to eternal life. Oh, sure, God makes us scratch our head over everything from avocado pits to fire ants to hurricanes but, hey, makes God a beloved mystery. The test for knowing if we really love God or are just blowing smoke has everything to do with loving brother and sisters. Okay, who is my brother and sister? Glad you asked. Some folks listening to Jesus asked the same question and the bottom line answer was: anyone who is in need. Oh, crud. That is a boatload of people. That includes everyone I don't like for whatever reason. The gift of the younger generation is the challenge to the Church to a new level of authenticity. When the Church says it loves God, in past generations we have invited people to sit in our pews and learn about God. When the Church today says it loves God, this new generation says.....show me. It is time for the Church to get real....to love God IS TO LOVE anyone who is in need. Period. Exclamation point!
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Lord God, may we roll up the sleeves of our hearts and show what we are made of. Amen.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
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