Love is just that: Love. I take time to listen for God’s words; see the work He does in my heart. . . listen, listen. A light comes out of the darkness of the wilderness that enfolds me, making me shine as a loving example of how God is ministering, not only to me, but to the entire world and universe. Love flows from me because I trust that God fills me with goodness and grace. I have hope that Love will prevail. I sing!
John reminds us of Jesus’s promise: “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life (8:12).” This light is God’s Love and is a prayer to participate in God’s true universe, the universe where all are love and acceptance is universal. Loving one another is not a task or an inconvenience; it is the holy, realistic presence of God within us and within the community. When Jesus promised the He would be with us when two or more join in His name, ask Him to join when meeting the stranger. See the face of Jesus in all whom we meet.
Each of us is loved; each of us is defined by the inner beauty of the natural gifts that God gives us. All we must do is recognize these gifts and we will indeed see the face of Jesus in everyone we meet. I know that when I accept the stranger as an equal member of God’s family, when I give him or her the love that God so freely gives, this love comes back to me a hundred times greater, a thousand times greater. Such is winning the lottery!
When I love, I earn companionship. When I love, I earn comfort and grace. When I love, I feel God within me. Such is Love!
©Russell Kendall Carter