Good Tuesday morning. I’m up early waiting for the rain to come. I just heard a good rumble of thunder. Exciting! I had such a wonderful dinner of roasted veggies last night thanks to Donna L. I discovered I am not a fan of turnips, however. I guess I had never had them before.

1 John 3: 18-24

18 Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. 19 And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him 20 whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21 Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have boldness before God; 22 and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him.

23 And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. 24 All who obey his commandments abide in him, and he abides in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit that he has given us.

I love verse 18 because it reminds us that just talking about love is not enough. We need to be active in our love for one another. What does that look like? Sending boxes of clothes and toiletries to Jim Werronen’s Street Life Ministry, bringing loads of food to the food shelf, including fresh produce from the community garden, jumping a car’s battery after a parking lot worship, providing an umbrella to someone sitting in the sun, looking after a single person who might be a tad lonely, providing a ride for someone without transportation, offering to babysit so tired parents can have a night out. These are just some of the acts of love that I have observed just this past week.

Remember the song, “We Are One in the Spirit….They’ll know we are Christians by our Love”? That was the first song I taught myself to play on the guitar with just two chords. It is simple enough, but oh so true. Love one another. Just do it! Grow in your relationship with God by loving God’s other children.

Blessings on your day,

Pastor Sue