Wednesday Word 7.11.2018

John 15:9-17 (NIV)

9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

Jesus wants our joy to be complete. He tells us how that joy can be ours. Love one another.

As I write these lines, the world has been watching a cave in Thailand. My heart has been wrenched by the images of those trapped little boys. How cold and terrified they must have been in the darkness. I can only imagine the anguish of the families. Word has come through that after eighteen days, they have all been saved and are out of the cave. For a few days, monsoon season was abated. As the rescuers furiously pumped the flood waters out of the cave and tried to block points where the rains would enter, the rains subsided. A miracle. Little boys who could not swim, let alone dive, got out.

One report said a thousand people came to help, from the US, UK, Finland, China, Australia and so many other places. And millions of people all over the world did the only thing we knew how to do. We prayed. The rains subsided. I do not know anyone in Thailand or from Thailand. I am not a big fan of caves. I am not even a soccer fan! Regardless of the fact that we had no connection to these people, we were stirred to some kind of action and the rains subsided. One dedicated, retired Thai Navy Seal lost his life trying to help. “Greater Love than this..,” Jesus said.

Pastor Dean Feldmeyer spoke to us on Sunday and gave the children a beautiful illustration of the strength found in coming together and bonding together for the common good. It was a valuable lesson for us all. The whole world has witnessed what coming together and putting love into action looks like. Love without limits. Love without hope of personal reward. The love described by our Savior…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki

P.S. It is pouring rain now.  God is good!

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