Thought For The Week Aug 6
— This morning I was talking about the Good Samaritan with my Bible in Schools class. This well loved story hinges on the greatest commandment: ‘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 neighbour as yourself.’”
The Good Samaritan, of course, invites us to re-imagine who we should consider as our neighbour. The answer: any person we come in contact with is our neighbour, even a despised enemy.
To love, is to give. When love someone, we give them our time, our patience, our forgiveness, ourselves. To love, is to give. Just as God gives himself to us through his Holy Spirit, and through Jesus his Son, so we are called to give ourselves to God, and to one another.
Sometimes we give and give and give until the well runs dry. This is a sign that something, somewhere is out of balance. When we all give freely, there is more than enough love to go around. When we hold ourselves back, things begin to come unstuck.
The Good News is this: even when our own wells run dry, God is the source of the overflowing river of life. As we turn to him, as we give ourselves in love to him, then we too are replenished.
In our church community there are many opportunities to give, many opportunities to love. Whether we give our time in service, or give of ourselves by lending a prayerful ear, or as we give of our resources and money, we are giving out of God’s abundant and overflowing love. To love is to give, and we love because God first loved us.