Thoughts from the Pastor-February 2014
1 John 4:7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
February is the month we think of love because Valentine’s Day is celebrated though out our land. There are other important things like President’s Day and sometimes Ash Wednesday(but not this year). Since in worship we are hearing messages about how to love God, I thought it appropriate to talk about loving here in this column.
I came across this little story some time ago. It was shared by my friend and mentor in ministry, Rev. Paul Tapey, in the Evanston United Methodist Church, Denver, Colorado, newsletter in February of 1992.
“A young boy asked, ‘How much are they?’ pointing at the Puppies for Sale sign. His face fell at the answer--$25--but he still wanted to see them. The owner whistled, and the mother dog, trailed by four scampering pups, soon appeared. At last, another pup slowly came around the house, dragging one leg.
‘What’s wrong with that one?’ the boy asked.
‘It has no hip joint. It’ll never be okay,’ the owner said. To his amazement, the boy handed him 50 cents.
‘I want this pup, and I’ll give you 50 cents a week until I’ve paid you $25.’
‘Why would you want such a pup?’
Without a word, the boy pulled up his pants leg, exposing a brace on his twisted leg. ‘Mister, he’s going to need someone who understands how to help him live.’
Friends, that is what love is all about! I’m sure many analogies can be drawn from this story. But think about this little boy, willing to pay whatever it takes; love that little pup, who needed love as much as the other healthy ones. We all need to love like that! Knowing that we are twisted by sin, and loved by God in spite of it, we can help others live in spite of their sin disabilities, because we understand. We love because God first loved us. Remember the words of the Apostle Paul to the Romans 8: 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
No matter how twisted our lives may be, God can use it for good; as we love Him and seek to live according to His purposes; to love, because he first loved us…so that God’s glory can be seen in and through us!
May all our paws leave patterns of love,