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Pastor Shana’s September Reflection

Called to Love

Ephesians 1:10-14 CEB. “10 This is what God planned for the climax of all times to bring all things together in Christ, the things in heaven along with the things on earth. 11 We have also received an inheritance in Christ. We were destined by the plan of God, who accomplishes everything according to his design. 12 We are called to be an honor to God’s glory because we were the first to hope in Christ. 13 You too heard the word of truth in Christ, which is the good news of your salvation. You were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit because you believed in Christ. 14 The Holy Spirit is the down payment on our inheritance, which is applied toward our redemption as God’s own people, resulting in the honor of God’s glory.”

A group of professionals asked some children from age four to eight, “What does love mean?” Here are some of the answers the children gave.

“Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.” Kari, age 5

“Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.” Chrissy, age 6

“Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it every day.” Noelle, age 7

“Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.”  Mary Ann, age 4

I wonder sometimes what does people’s love look like? I see it in some of their faces, I see it in some of their actions. The question that comes to my mind is are we living in love?

The above scripture comes from Paul; he is writing this letter from a prison cell. Some scholars believe that it is written not just to the Jewish community but also to the Gentiles of the area who have become united in Christ. Paul seems overwhelmed by the magnitude of the gift God has lavished on us. And we, of course, want to know what we need to do to deserve or pay for this gift. And the answer of course is nothing.

I do believe there is something we can do for this miraculous gift, and that is live in love. Have you ever given a gift and known that your gift will be appreciated and enjoyed for days, months, years? That knowledge is your reward.

Have you ever danced with a baby, or sung to a baby, or played silly games with a baby and been rewarded with a bright, beaming smile? That experience is the closest I can get to understanding why God showers us with love and grace. God doesn’t want flattery or promises. God wants a bubbly grin and a kicking of legs in delight as we enjoy simply being together in LOVE.

As you go about your day, ask yourself this question? What does my love look like? Do people see my love when they see me?

Remember, God loves you and so do I!

Peace & Love Always,

Pastor Shana


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