February- Love of God, Love for God
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Deut. 6:4-5 (NIV)
These words, spoken by Moses, tell us today that we should approach loving and be serving God with our whole hearts.
Several years ago, I knew a person who usually responded that she would do something although she began with the words, “My heart isn’t in it.” She worked in the church and was loved by everyone who took the time to know her. Please don’t misunderstand, she worked very hard at what she did for God.
There are some people whom others consider to be “Prayer Warriors”, they spend quantity time in conversation with our Lord. These are people who ask those burdened by problems, “Have you prayed about it?” or “Can we pray right now?” They make great efforts to keep their souls aligned with Jesus. One whom I considered a ‘’prayer warrior” did not care for the term.
I know followers of Christ who spent all their available energy working for Him even when they worked in the world. I am speaking of the laity who take on offices and positions in their churches in addition to their gainful employment.
I know God has a place in heaven for each of them. These workers for the Lord were wonderful people who were kind to all they met and loved people. It has been a blessing to have known these people. They showed Christ’s love to me and to all they met.
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. I wanted to take something to the people we see on visitation. The picture at the top shows the small stuffed animals we took to four women and one man today. They all loved them.