Rev. Chelsea Simon
Sunday, February 20, 2022 at 9:30am
I hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day this past week. It’s always important to celebrate love…no matter how you celebrate. Love is essential to our well being. Love makes the world go round. Paul writes that we have nothing if we don’t have love. Scripture tells us that God is love.
But sometimes I think we have difficulty really understanding what love is. It can often feel like an abstract, up in the clouds type of idea. Our culture has commodified it to sell greeting cards and heart shaped boxes of chocolate. It has strictly become romantic, sentimentality. And when this is our definition of love, we lose something.
1st Corinthians 13 might be one of the most well known Scriptures in the Bible. Mainly because it is read at almost every wedding ceremony I have ever attended. Paul’s description of love is beautiful but weddings were not on Paul’s mind when he wrote this. Instead he was trying to unify a diverse group of people to serve and emulate Jesus.
When we sing, “They Will Know We Are Christians By Our Love”, this is what we mean. People will know that our hearts are centered on Jesus when we are patient and kind, not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. People will know that our lives are tethered to God when we do not always insist on our own way; when we are not irritable or resentful; when we do not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoice in the truth. People will know we are filled with the Spirit when we can believe, hope, and endure. They will know we are Christians by our love.
This type of love is tough and unwilling to yield. It’s hard. Of course we want to be all these things, all of the time….but we aren’t. We go to wellsprings looking to be fulfilled by things that are not of God. We have manipulative voices trying to tell us who we are. We hold past trauma, invisible and visible scars, losses and these experiences shape us.
What if we could anchor ourselves in the love of God, our source of hope and strength, how might our love be transformed? How might it expand? How might it surprise us? How might we hone our loving skills together?
I hope you will join us on Sunday at 8 a.m. in the Chapel, at 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary, or on our Livestream and YouTube Channel throughout the week.
Peace & Love,