something about us as human beings that when we are faced with
potentially life-changing or indeed life-ending circumstances,
so often we hear that people want to express their love for
others, perhaps in a voicemail or text message, maybe a
scribbled note to say "I love you." In some way love becomes all
consuming, we simply have to let people know who mean so much to
us, that in our time of extremis we thought of them and shared
our love for them.
in the busyness of the here and now, in the rush of life, we
often don't seem to be able to find the time to share that same
love with them.
tells us that "There is a time for everything, and a
season for every activity under heaven..."
(Ecclesiastes 3:1). Perhaps as we stand at the threshold of this
New Year and look into 2018 with all it holds for each one of
us, we might make ourselves a promise and a commitment to share
sweetness and kindness and love with all people that we meet,
not just those closest to us. What a difference that could make
to those people, to us personally, indeed, to the world!
When Jesus was
asked what was the greatest commandment, He replied that it was
for us to express love, first for God and then for our neighbours, ie the people we encounter on life's journey. So why
not start living each day with this new outlook on life, why
wait until we are in a crisis situation to share that love God
has given to us for other people?
language of the New Testament, different words express that love
in different ways and different contexts, for example the love
of a parent for
a child, or of someone who would lay down their life for a
friend, or of good friends or ultimately the self-giving,
sacrificial love for other people, even those unknown to us. And
how often do we see this in the battle zones of our broken
world, as individuals band together to bring aid and relief to
those in need.
To the best of
my knowledge, the world isn't going to end in two days! Of
course, that decision isn't up to me!
However, how I
live each day of the rest of my life, how you live each day of
the rest of your life, is to a significant degree up to me, up
to you. We can face the joys and challenges of 2018 with a heart
full of love if we walk with God into the New Year and beyond.
Minnie Haskell wrote:
"I said to
the man who stood at the gate of the year, give me a light that
I may tread safely into the unknown." And he replied, "Go into
the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall
be to you better than light and safer than a known way!"
Sue and I pray
you have a very special, loving and encouraging 2018.