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Thought for the Day: Paul was a big fan of love, patience and kindness. These three words appear numerous times in his writings, often grouped or connected in one way or another. When you read these words, it appears as if love is expressed in the outward and noticeable acts of patience and kindness. Of course, the one expressing the patience and kindness probably experienced love in the first place through, among other things, the patience and kindness of others. So often the intolerance we see manifest in acts of hate and violence did not begin with a bad day or even a single bad experience. The genesis is often a life that has known more affliction than healing, more ridicule than hope, more brokenness than reconciliation. If the outward and noticeable embodiments of love are absent from a person’s life, why should we ever expect patience and kindness to have taken root.
Prayer: To those who have never known welcoming and unconditional love, I come asking for your assistance, O Mighty God, in the work of bringing that gift to them. May I demonstrate patience and kindness and the many other splendid ideals manifest in the life of Jesus. Amen.
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Rev. Bruce Frogge