Scripture: Romans 13: 8-14
Key verse: (8) Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
Reflection: This summer is unlike any other summer. I think I can say that for everyone, right? During this virus time, my summer is weird, different and life has slowed down. I usually have 4 bags packed for 4 different trips in the front room because there is no time to do laundry. It is definitely a busy summer but different. I have dinner with my family each night and there is so little traffic. There are days when I don’t leave my house for anything. How about you?
In the midst of these crazy virus days, love still shows up.
Love showed up in car after car at our parking lot food drive for loaves and fishes. Thousands of pounds of peanut butter, diapers and canned meat …. because those were the greatest needs.
Love has shown up in the milk, butter, bread and eggs bought for a family who is quarantined with Covid-19. Love shows up when families arrange safe play dates for children of parents recovering from something unexpected.
Love one another, Paul tells the early church in Rome. Love is not always easy. The same love that inspired Jesus to eat with the outcast, reach out to the untouchable, and embrace the powerless was the love that drove him to confront the demonic, outmaneuver the manipulative, and correct the clueless. Jesus was no pushover. I have been known to think love is a weak emotion but I am growing. Love did not make Jesus weak, it made him a revolutionary. In Jesus, love showed up.
Jesus is a lot more complicated than we sometimes pretend, and the love he taught demands that we expand our whole selves for God and neighbor. This is risky to be loving in all we think, say, and do.
We are invited to let God stretch our heart as we live in love together. Even in these weird, different virus days, let’s make sure love shows up.
Prayer: God of life and love, empower us to love one another. May your love stretch our tiny, controlling hearts so that our lives flourish. Empower us to take some risks in loving all of our neighbors. May our quick need to judge be replaced by an even greater need to live in love that is just. In the name of the one who continues to transform us, we pray. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[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].