Outreach seems to be the word today. I write this as I review the drug overdose and abuse statistics for our county for 2016. We face many things in our daily lives which distract us from God’s love. We fill our life with people or things which we try to substitute for God’s love. The truth of the matter is that God is the beginning and the end of what love is. God’s love through Jesus speaks to us about humility, justice, strength, courage, hope, and peace.
Outreach is a visible sign that we have experienced this awe inspiring love. It is our witness to a world so ravaged by evil and injustice. Paul writes, nothing shall separate us from the love of God in Christ. Nothing!
So, let your light so shine as an individual and may our light shine as a community of faith. May we be: friendly, honest, love Jesus, be nonjudgmental, encouraging, inclusive, spiritual, missional, tolerate ambiguity, speak openly, tenacious, compassionate, joyful, respectful, servants, dedicated, transparent. All of this takes work as individuals and a community. Let us, do as Paul says in 2 Thessalonians 3.13 And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.
May God’s face and love shine in and through you,
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