Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I can’t help but give thanks for everyone at Calvary. Your love for one other and those outside our walls is what motivates me to work as hard as I do for the Church. It brings me great joy when I see you living out God’s greatest commandment to love your neighbor as yourself. It’s not always easy to do this, especially when our neighbors look different than us, have different political views, carry different beliefs about God or don’t share the same core values. YET, as followers of Jesus, we have vowed to live out our faith through love. A Godly type of love that costs. From my experience, nothing has transformed me more than when I’ve chosen to respond in love, regardless of the circumstance. We live out God’s Kingdom on earth when we make an effort to give God’s gracious love away!
Speaking of giving God’s love away, don’t forget Deacon Marvin’s new Advent spiritual practice he talked about this past Sunday. He challenged us to give away $2 a day to a complete stranger while telling them that you love them. I can’t wait to hear the stories this Advent Season while you live this fun and new spiritual practice out!
This will be a fun, challenging and exciting way to kick off Advent as we continue to live out our Courageous Love Initiative, of making time to intentionally develop relationships with people who are different than us. What a gift it is when the beauty of God’s diversity comes together, united in God’s Spirit and filled with God’s love for one another!
God’s peace and love,