By John R. Hutcherson, PhD
Fredericksburg United Methodist Church/Layperson
Help me! Help me! Help Me! Here I am in the pit of despair with gloom and doom surrounding me! I cry out and you do not come. If you save me this time I promise to be your wonderful faithful servant for the rest of my life! How many times have I prayed that prayer? Lots of times! Did it work? Maybe for a little while only in my ego-driven fantasy.
As I came to believe that a power greater than myself could restore me to sanity, I saw the world in a different way. As I took inventory of my troubles and my strengths and made amends to those I had harmed, I experienced a new beginning and I felt the love of God deep in my heart, in my soul, in my mind and in my strength. I walked a different path.
In every person there is a place where God lives to love us all. We cover that place with self—at least I did. Remembering is finding that place. Remembering is experiencing God’s love from within. I remember that God loves Me, and God lives in me! I Remember that God loves all people: God loves even those people I do not like, or who may want to harm me, or who believe differently than me.
As I hear the talking heads spewing forth venom, and as I see the world engulfed in great struggles, it is hard to remember that God loves those people too. It is easy to be caught up in the struggles, and choose sides, and open my mouth. It is hard to shut my mouth and pray.
I remember that my job is to suit up and show up and be that loving servant today. My job is to reach out to those still suffering and help them become servants too. When I practice these behaviors, it is easy to see other loving servants and know that God is alive and working all the time.
Questions for Discussion/Reflection:
- How do you feel God’s Love in your heart, your soul, your mind, your strength?
- Remember a time you saw God’s Love in a person you did not like. What did that feel like?
- Do you have a means of letting go, to see God’s love in others?