Thought for the Day: For those of you my age or older, you will probably remember Rodney King and the famous quote, “…can we just get along…” Some mocked his comment, while others longly wished it was as easy as he made it sound. I read John’s Gospel, and one called the Christ – God Incarnate – the fullest expression of Divine – provides us a simple command: Love one another. Of course, he doesn’t just command it, but also provides us his life as and example of exactly how to do this. You’d think it would be simple, but maybe you’re like me and find it a bit more challenging in the day-to-day grind of life. In light of everything happening in our country these days, I want to say, “…can we just stop shooting each other…” You’d think it wouldn’t be all that complicated, but if you take into account our lack of success on the issue, I wonder if it is a bit more complicated than we’d like to believe. Of course, Jesus’ original commandment needs to be a key element in all of this. Too often those of us who are passionate about seeing a dramatic reduction in gun violence find ourselves in situations where we do not embody the love of God as well as we should. Ok, I’ll speak for myself when I say that I am not always the best model for others to see. This is why I think our mission as a church – to assist individuals and families in living the love first life – is so very important. And even more importantly, I think we need to take seriously the idea of becoming a learning center of the love first life.
Prayer: Mentoring God, I love the curriculum provided to me in the life of Jesus. It is very helpful and inspiring, but I wonder if it is time for me to take an internship on living the love first life, a chance to both practice and learn firsthand. Provide me with such opportunities. Amen.
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