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The Love of God

  • Posted on May 10, 2009

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. 1 John 4:7-8

One of the greatest truths that I know of is that God is love. And the best way to find God’s love is to love one another. This weekend was testament to the love of God at Memorial. On Saturday, we celebrated the life of Judith Mosley, who died a week ago Sunday. It has certainly been an amazing journey of Christian love that brought Judith home to Baltimore from New Mexico. In the short time that she has been back among us, her hospital room was full each day of Memorial visitors. While I was out of town last Sunday, Judith was visited by several folks–one brought communion, one prayed, some talked gently to her, and others sang by her bedside. By then, Judith was non-responsive, but I believe she knew that God’s love surrounded her as she made her way home.

On Saturday, the celebration of her life was joyous–with more singing and much festive eating and visiting afterwards. All of Judith’s communities came together to remember her and how she brought so many people together that she loved. At Memorial, my Wednesday morning Bible Study has regular attendees that Judith brought to the class. She loved her friends and even though she was frightened at times and had difficult moments, she knew we loved her.

After the funeral, I traveled up to Western Maryland to join some of Memorial’s Young Adults on retreat. As we spoke about sabbath and a discipline of prayer, the gathered group realized that they spent their Sabbath together. These busy twenty-somethings spend almost every Sunday meeting up at the 10:30 service and then going to brunch together. Often, they spend the afternoon hanging out while two of the group wait to lead the Memorial youth group on Sunday night. Sometimes they all reconnect for dinner as well. When I asked them what was their Sabbath time–they all said to a person “our Sunday Brunch after church.” They went on to add that the Sabbath really does begin with worship and informs the rest of their day. What a lucky group! They find God’s love in being together one day a week. Sometimes they let me come along to brunch and it’s true—they show what the love of community looks like.

All in all, it was an Eastertide kind of weekend–begun and ended in love. The love of friends in Christ for one another. Alleluia!

Question for the week: What does your Sabbath time look like? Does it involve the love of friends?