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Monday, August 31, 2015
Towering Sunflowers in the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail Garden
"Share His Love"
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we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the
gospel of God but our lives as well" (1 Thessalonians 2:8).
The love of God is broader than earth's vast expanse,
'Tis deeper and wider than the sea.
Love reaches out to all to bring abundant life,
For God so loved the world His only Son He gave.
Brooksyne led in worship during our morning service yesterday and
focused on hymns with a mission theme since we had missionary guests,
and being the 5th Sunday the musicians especially focus on hymns for
that Sunday. We sang "Share His Love" which I don't recall singing
until the last few years. Written in a minor key its melody is not your
everyday hymn tune, but the simple lyrics are very touching. Each verse
ends with the first part of John 3:16, "For God so loved the world His
only Son He gave."
For several messages this week, perhaps all week, we want to
consider the many ways people are sharing the love of God. Many
years ago a popular chorus stated, "What the world needs now is love
sweet love; it's the only thing that there's just too little of." The
theme of the song is the great need for demonstrating human love and
is certainly true. But for those of us who follow Christ we realize an
even greater need is God's love.
Friday afternoon following several company chaplain visits in the area
we took a 14 mile bike ride along the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail leading from
the quaint village of Cornwall to downtown Lebanon. This is a newer
section of trail we had never been on. Along the way I saw a sign
inviting riders off the trail to "Midway's Family to Family trails
garden" to "refresh, renew, relax, recharge-super food for the body and
soul". On the way back being an explorer I said to Brooskyne "Let's go
see what this is all about!" And Brooksyne, being the good sport that she is, said, "Why not!"
riding up a steep bank we then saw a beautiful garden with a
church in the distant background. The garden is an outreach of the
church seeking to share God's love with walkers and bikers throughout
the community. I suppose they realized how many people were passing by
their church property daily that they
decided to show love and be a blessing as they prepared the ornamental
and fruit garden.
we recognized it to be a garden but as we went row by row we realized
that fruit was growing in nearly every row and we were invited to
partake - no strings attached. The red raspberries, black raspberries,
golden raspberries, thornless blackberries, and cherry tomatoes were
ALL delicious. The plump strawberries were irresistible. I (Brooksyne)
felt a little like Eve in the garden of Eden partaking of God's
goodness and blessing in the fruit that was hanging from every vine,
but unlike Eve I was fully clothed
as I partook. There was a beautiful grape arbor though the grapes were
not yet in season nor the blueberries. In addition to the variety of
fresh fruit there were over a dozen extra-large hanging flower baskets
with a Scripture attached to each one. All I can say is that each
hanging basket, every row of fruit, and the gesture of love extended to
total strangers overwhelmed us.
We considered how many hours
we spend preparing, planting, weeding, watering, trimming,
fighting off plant disease and predators and the list goes on and on,
for all that is required to grow ornamental, fruit and vegetable
gardens for ourselves to enjoy. On another trail we saw the opposite
kind of signage from residents' back yards that grew raspberries. Signs
were posted that boldly stated, "NO PICKING!" Certainly we understood
why these folks wanted to save the raspberries for themselves. So we
were doubly blessed by these gracious and generous folks who do it all
for passersby to enjoy. It really touched our hearts.
All over the world today God's love is
being shared in a variety of ways. Amidst all the bad news and crumbling of the societal
foundations, a constant remains, God's love for the human race and
those who share His love. Paul wrote to the Thessalonian believers, "Because we loved you so much." Genuine ministry is foundationally motivated by love.
This motivating love compelled Paul and his associates to declare, "We were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well."
Share His love by telling
what the Lord has done for you,
Share His love by sharing of your faith,
and show the world that Jesus Christ
is real to you ev'ry moment, ev'ry day.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father,
we could bemoan the fact that there are so many heartless people in the
world, that evil dominates the headlines, that people in general are
not trustworthy, and that terrorism is always a looming threat. But we
are heartened and find deep joy in knowing that there are scores and
scores of good people who seek to make this world a better place. One
of the best ways we can do this is to share Your love by telling others
what You have done for us, by sharing of our faith and showing others
that Jesus Christ is real to us. Grant us courage to witness to others
of the salvation You provide to all who surrender their hearts to You.
In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
Music and Supplemental Resources
"Share His Love" Video Instrumental, unable to find a suitable vocal version.
"Love Was in the Room" Video Booth Brothers
"What Salvation's Done For Me" Video Booth Brothers
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