Love One Another

” . . . love one another.”

“And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34)

Ever walked into a miracle?  I felt like that was happening one day during our youth’s mission trip a couple of weeks ago.  As we were working on building a new porch, one of the youth glanced up and said, “Hey, look!”  We’d been dodging cicadas the past couple of days on the work site, and now he was pointing us to an amazing show.  It was like watching a ballet of death.

The huge spider had the cicada trapped in its web.  As the cicada struggled to free itself the spider methodically spun it around and around, gradually encasing the suffering cicada in a cocoon of death.

We were somehow blessed to get to witness something so amazing and so seldom seen.  That’s what I mean by walking into a miracle.  Suddenly we find ourselves experiencing part of the majesty of God’s creation that gets taken for granted.  We got to be part of something greater than ourselves, and even for a just a few moments, were awed by its splendor.

Maybe this seems like a stretch, but I think we’re walking into another miracle.  Most of you are aware that parts of our state have been devastated by recent floods.  The initial pictures and video shared a disaster of historic and catastrophic proportions.  The photos after the flooding have revealed damage beyond comprehension.  Yet, now, something else is being revealed – the miracle of God’s love at work.  For me, watching the story unfold over the last few days has sort of been like walking into another miracle.  Volunteers and supplies have poured in at such a rate as to sometimes clog the process.  The work team from our church has had to patiently wait to respond until called by the coordinators.  (We’ve been called to work tomorrow.)  Sure, there have been a few stories of looting, but for the most part, the stories are revealing the power of healing at work as people act out Jesus’s new commandment to love one another as they’ve been divinely loved.

I know not everyone involved in the recovery would claim they are responding in the name of Jesus.  However, I can only name it from what I know.  Somehow God’s Spirit is breaking forth and reminding us of the good that we are capable of showering on one another.  In a time when so much hate and conflict has ruled the news cycles, it is a miracle to see folks stop their senseless arguing, judging, and hating, and cut to the core of what life is really all about – loving one another as God has shown us how to love.  I pray that God will help me remember this lesson of loving instead of judging and hating, and share it everywhere with everyone.  How about you?

Blessings and Peace,

Gary

Pastor, Cross Lanes United Methodist Church

Cross Lanes, West Virginia

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~ by revgenelson on June 29, 2016.

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