August 5, 2018

"Love is" by Dave Hopwood (edited) | Talissa

Love is patient and kind. It is not jealous or conceited or proud. Love is difficult, often calling to us when we are busy.

Love is in the small things. It can feel insignificant, too small to count. Love rarely makes headlines yet it can change someone’s world.
Love goes against the flow, cuts against the grain, points to the narrow road. Love can feel like trudging up hill, battling against the wind, walking a lonely path.
But God is love. And God has walked these ways before us. Love is pinned on a skyline, nailed to a darkened, belittled cross. Love changes the world, one heartbeat, one sacrifice at a time.

We were created out of love. We were created to love. Loving others is an art form. We must work at loving people, especially those who disagree with us, as a work of art; an act of creating something beautiful in our midst.

Benediction | Trevor

May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, hard hearts, half-truths, and superficial relationships so that you may seek truth boldly and live from deep within your heart where God’s Spirit dwells.

May God bless you with anger: at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that we may work for justice, freedom, and peace.

May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that we may reach out our hand in comfort and turn their pain into joy.

May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe thatthrough Jesus Christ we’ll have the strength and power necessary to create change in this world and in our neighborhood, so that together we will courageously try what others claim cannot be done.

May God bless you with remembrancethat we are called to continue God’s redemptive work of love and healing in God’s place, in and through God’s name, in God’s Spirit, continually creating and breathing new life and grace into everything and everyone we touch. Amen