Scripture: Galatians 5:1-15
Key verses: (13-14) 13For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. 14For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Reflection: As we waited this week for my daughter’s high school graduation ceremony to begin, my family talked about other graduations we remember. My husband recalled speaking at his high school graduation, as class president, but not what he talked about. My mom suddenly remembered that she had spoken at her high school graduation, over 65 years ago. There were three speakers, on the topics of faith, hope and love. Her speech was the part on love. “I didn’t know anything about love!” she recalled, “I was seventeen years old!”
Somehow my mother figured out how to love, and has lived it out well all these many years. She learned to love as we all do, I think, by being loved. First in her family of origin, and then in the family she and my father have created. And then she learned to love by making daily choices over and over again to do the next loving thing. It wasn’t and isn’t always easy. Love often is hard. It means sometimes giving up our own self-interest to put the other first: a spouse, a child, a neighbor. May God help us all learn to love well.
Prayer: Lord, help me learn to love. Help me make the next right decision to do the loving thing. Teach me what it means to love my neighbor as myself. Thank you for all those who love me, and all whom you have given me to love. In the name of Christ, who showed us what love is, I pray. Amen.
Author: Julie Hester
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].