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‘The greatest of these is love’

Feb 23, 2018

By Aimee Goldmeyer, New London Presbyterian Church


In the wake of the latest story about innocent lives taken by the hand of another and the beginning of Lent, I wonder what gives you hope in a world that sometimes feels dark and full of despair?

Where do you turn when it seems that everything you thought you knew about love, relationship, God and the world suddenly doesn’t make sense? Where do you see God’s presence in the world this week?

I see God’s presence: in first responders who carefully move those who are injured to places where their wounds can be treated; in those who risk their own lives to shield others from harm; in those who offer words of hope or support for others and in the silent presence of those who know words are not enough; in the laughter brought on by silly antics meant to deepen relationships with a child; and in those who offer the best they have each and every day.

Love is what remains when everything else is stripped away and the only thing left to offer is our very presence and identity as a child of God. From this, everything else is possible. “Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return,” we say every year on Ash Wednesday, as a reminder of our mortality, God’s mercy, and the ever present opportunity to turn back to God whenever we stray.

It is the ashes that are left when the palms left over from Palm Sunday are burned, and it is love that reminds us of our place in the world. If God can create an entire cosmos with space dust, then surely God can create beauty, joy, peace and hope in us through acts of love, kindness and solidarity with our fellow humans and the other living things that share our world.

What is God creating from the dust in you? Where do you see hope for renewal in the world around you?

As we journey ever closer to the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, let us celebrate love in all its grittiness and determination. Let us open ourselves to the world’s diversity and strive for peace wherever we go. Thanks be to God. Amen.

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