Rev Linda Chester gave us a beautiful illustration as part of the children’s talk last month to aptly describe the concept of unchanging love. Making us think about the loyalty and devotion of pets. They are always pleased to see us, greeting us when we return home. Excited when it’s time for a walk or play. No matter what sort of day we’ve had, they are there, ready and eagerly awaiting for us. How much more than this is God’s constant love for us? Ready with welcome arms to hear about our day, whether good or bad. Ready to listen. Ready to support and unburden.
With pets, everything is pretty much as it seems. With fellow humans this is not always the case. We are complex beings and can be easily hurt or discouraged. As Christians we are here to support and encourage one another. To speak, think and act in kindness and love. Our intentions can sometimes be misunderstood. If we always act from the heart, then on both sides we need to be open to the possible motivations and intentions of kindness and care. Seeking the good, allowing others in to support and care about us.
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Another beautiful example of unchanging love is captured within the harvest
celebrations. The continual cycle of the changing of the seasons and the
provisions and goodness they each bring. Let’s give thanks with all our hearts
for one another and the good, perfect gifts the Creator and unchanging God
generously gives. We warmly invite you to join with us this Harvest season.