“The Waiting Room”

The Upper Room devotional reflection for Wednesday, February 23, 2022 comes to us from Gordon Talk of Kentucky

7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God.

1 John 4:7-15 NIV

 

“The Waiting Room”

I was in the doctor’s waiting room when a young man came in. After being greeted by the receptionist, he sat by me. His clothing, a factory uniform, was dirty, and he smelled of hard work. I smiled but wished he had sat somewhere else. After a moment, I recognized something familiar in his scent. It was the odor my father had when he came home from work at a similar factory.


My father was a faithful Christian Perhaps this young man was a Christian. Maybe he loved to hug and kiss his children like my father did me. I was ashamed for judging my seatmate negatively. I had forgotten the teachings of the Good News: “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.” God loves us all and shares life with us all. Jesus Christ was crucified and resurrected because God sent his Son into the world in the ultimate act of love. In Christ, no matter who we are or what we do, we are to care for and love one another as we love God and are loved by God.

 

Friends –

One of the ways I have come to understand God has been through this repetitive understanding that God is Love. It even helps for me to think of God as a verb. That is, God truly is expressed best in our actions: in the ways we love others, reach out to those in need, or offer our time to someone who needs support or comfort.

I invite you to recall moments when you have actively offered to be God as a verb to someone else. Then, when has someone offered you that kind of presence?

--Pastor bea

 
Prayer:

Dear God, help us try to love everyone we meet as you love us. Amen.

--Gordon Talk


Prayer Focus:

Factory Workers


Thought for the Day:

I will take the time to see each person I meet as a child of God.