Weekly Devotional

Lent V

Reflection by Liz Garrigan-Byerly

Let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone that loves is born of God, and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.

“Love has its reasons and does not count the cost.”

~Sarah Sarchet Butter

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy.  It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.

~Saint Augustine

From our common conversation prompt this Sunday, “Love looks like”….

  • Mary using perfume to anoint Jesus’ feet
  • Fellow choir members surrounding the bed of a dying man to sing him into the beyond; when the room was filled, they opened the windows and sang from outside.
  • Warm cookies on a cold day
  • A large smile in greeting
  • Boundaries
  • Getting up in the middle of the night to care for a child, spouse or parent
  • Laughter
  • Willingness to be changed by others
  • $65,000 grant given to Family Promise Metrowest from our Capital Appeal funds
  • Middle School service project making 50 toiletry bags for at risk youth (we need your help; please donate these items).

Sometimes, love is a great act of heroism. When an assisted living facility in California abruptly closed, the staff left for other work, except for Maurice Rowland and Miguel Alvarez. The cook and janitor worked 24 hour shifts to care for the residents left behind. Listen to or read their entire story here. Other times, love is every day--so simple and small that we may overlook its power. That was the case for Francois Clemmons who worked on Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. Read his story here.

Source of all love, make our lives blossom with love, that the world may know we are your people. Amen.

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