Just love

Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair. —–G. K. Chesterton

We are told to love God with out whole heart or whole soul and our whole mind. We are not told to prove that God exists. We are just told to love Him. Can we let go of all our trying to understand all of this and just love?

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God of love, help us learn to just love you with all that we are. AMEN

Follow Jesus

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.                  Nelson Henderson

God does not just expect us to do things that help right now but also things that will help those to come. The most important of these is to live as he lived. In this way we will draw people to him. To preach is good, to talk about Christ is good and those things help ……but if we live like him no explanations are necessary. Our actions will show his love.

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Jesus you call us to follow you in all that we do. Help us to do this so that others will also follow you. AMEN

No judging

be kindWe are so quick to make judgements. We can decide in one moment about a person and be completely wrong. Indian lore talks about walking a mile in someones shoes. Many times I have known someone for quite a while and had no idea of the tragedies in their life. We have to let go of judging. God knows the whole story and will judge. It’s not our job.

Loving God, you know how we put people into categories and make judgements. Help us to see others with compassion and love.

aristotle1-2xIt is so easy to be caught in the depths of despair. It may be that we have lost someone we love, been fired from a job, gotten a terrible diagnosis or many other things. When we are down in the “valley of the shadow of death” it is easy to lose our way. We can’t see any light at all. However, there is always light. God is with us even when we can’t see it. We can hold on and know that his love is conquering the darkness and there will be light we can see.

Loving God, you have promised to be with us no matter what. Help us to trust that you are holding the light for us and we will see. AMEN

 

We are all God’s people

The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion. Thomas Paine

In today’s world this is even more true then when Paine wrote it. The world is so much more connected. This presents the challenge of learning to understand other cultures and other ideas. In spite of the fact that we are exposed to so much more information we can still remain in our own bubble. It is important that we make an effort to put our prejudices aside and accept that we were all created by God.
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Amazing God, remind us that we are to love others as ourselves. AMEN

Maintain a Sense of Humor

sense of humorGod definitely has a sense of humor. Just when you think that you have everything in place the whole plan falls apart. I am sure that God wants us to stay flexible and follow His plan. Sometimes it is not the plan that we had in mind or even wanted to follow. When things hit us like a pie in the face we have to maintain a sense of humor. We have to be able to laugh at ourselves, wipe the pie off our faces and follow God.

 

 

Loving God, I am sure that you laugh at us a lot but hope that we can get up and do your will. Help us to learn to move ourselves out of the way and follow you.

Love changes things

normancousins1-2xOur actions can make a difference. I met someone I hadn’t seen in years and hardly remembered. The person greeted me with great warmth and told me that I changed her life! I didn’t remember anything about this. I had no idea what I had done but she did. We can make the difference in someone’s life…..mostly by love. God has called us to love one another. We may never know the result of our interaction….but God does. And we might know someday… but we may not. Be aware every day that you may be the difference!

Loving God, you have called to reach out in love. Help us to take those opportunities seriously and reach out to others.

Smile! there is no charge

smileEach day we meet people whether at our job, walking on the street or maybe even on the phone. We never know what is going on in the lives of the people we meet. Even when talking to someone on the phone we can smile. You can hear it in a voice. Smile as you pass people on the street. You may be the only person who acknowledged their existence today. You have no idea what that simple gesture can mean.

Merciful God,  forgive us for not passing on the love that you have shown us. Help us to smile at others and wish them the best.  Amen