Pastor's Sherry's Blog

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“Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

By now all of you know of my great joy in my son’s graduation from university a couple of weeks ago.  In a card I wrote to him on his graduation day one bit of wisdom I wanted to pass down to him as he begins the rest of his life is this, and I share with you as I wrote it to him:

“Everything matters.  Everything you do, every word you speak, every human transaction/exchange you engage in with another whose life intersects your own, is an investment or a divestment from who you are, who you will be, and what stage you will play upon, both now and forever.”

The Scriptures teach us a lot about love, how it is we are to love one another in the same way Jesus loved us.  In other words, in a self-sacrificial way.  It tells us to not to return evil with evil, but with good, for God will take care of those who malign us, who want to hurt or destroy us.  We have to trust Him that much.  

In a world that seems to thrive on exclusively, on a us-versus-them mentality, on dividing one people from another, I thought it wise to share this excerpt from Fredrick Buechner’s book, Whistling in the Dark, that speaks well to the power of love, and the power of hate, in every life:

HATE IS AS all-absorbing as love, as irrational, and in its own way as satisfying. As lovers thrive on the presence of the beloved, haters revel in encounters with the one they hate. They confirm him in all his darkest suspicions. They add fuel to all his most burning animosities. The anticipation of them makes the hating heart pound. The memory of them can be as sweet as young love.
 
The major difference between hating and loving is perhaps that whereas to love somebody is to be fulfilled and enriched by the experience, to hate somebody is to be diminished and drained by it. Lovers, by losing themselves in their loving, find themselves, become themselves. Haters simply lose themselves. Theirs is the ultimately consuming passion.
                   

May we meditate upon these truths today and everyday, surrendering to the love of God, knowing that Christ died for us when we were yet sinners.  May we focus not only on his love for us, but on his love for all.  We must be intentional about loving others in word and in deed, conscious not only of the power and the love that indwells us by the Holy Spirit, but our responsibility and accountability as the redeemed.

May the world know us, and all Christians, by the way we love, by the way we treat and speak to and about others.  Let us help one another stay the course.

In Him, the well-spring of life,
Pastor Sherry

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