No Greater Love

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another
John 13:34,35

I don’t remember the day but it was early and cold, bitterly cold with no wind at all. The kind of morning that covers windows with frost, freezes fingers and makes one dream of warmer places. My wife and I were leaving for a weekend getaway, stopping by her Mom and Dads to say goodbye for five minutes. Five minutes turned into thirty. Knowing the windows would be frosted over I told my wife I would start the car and scrape the windows.

After putting on my heaviest winter coat and leather gloves I walked outside to find our little Chevy Chevette running with the windows scraped. I knew right away who had done that for us and why. My father-in-law Charlie, the greatest Christian I have ever known.

Charlie was never famous or looked on as a leader in the church. He was not an ordained minister and to the best of my knowledge never desired to be a preacher. But in the truest definition of the word he was certainly a minister.

Listening to the Angels around us

For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee:
Luke 4:10

The Beatitudes in sign languageMy wife and I enjoy going to the Illinois Indian Powwow held annually in a nearby park. Last year our granddaughter joined us. She and Grandma spent over an hour at the craft tent creating a beautifully beaded hair clip with a feather on the end.

One Saturday not too long ago my wife and I made plans to take our grandaughter birthday shopping. So we picked up B from her parents and off we went with B wearing her beaded hair clip.

After looking at toys, clothes and more it was time to check out. My wife checked out our purchases, while B and I set off to find a frozen drink. We met beside the store’s northern exit after Grandma had paid for the presents and walked outside with B carrying her drink, my wife carrying B and I carrying our purchases.

“Where is my hair clip?” asked B.

My wife asked her if she remembered where she had left it.

“I hung it on the cart” replied B.

“Oh I’m sorry”, my wife said, “let’s go see if we can find it”.

And Who is My Neighbor?

The Parable of the Good Neighbor
Luke 10:25-29  (NIV)

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” 28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

Jan Wijnants - Parable of the Good Neighbor.jpgI have always believed the message Jesus was trying to get across is that everyone is our neighbor, not just those with whom we live beside, look like and agree with. Unfortunately not everyone seems to agree with me. A 2016 poll by Public Religion Research Institute shows that 53 percent of white evangelical Protestants believe immigrants weaken America. The current attitude against immigrants and others considered to be outsiders is troubling. According to Christianity Today Bible the Bible influences Only 1 in 10 Evangelicals on Immigration Reform. The parable of the good Samaritan is even more relevant today.