“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Thought for the Day: Love your brother even in the storms
I sat on our back deck that overlooks our backyard and is near the creek that runs next to our house. I watched my youngest son play in the backyard which includes a wooded area. I noticed him pulling limbs that had fallen into different places imagining bridges and swords as he played. He then ventured to the steep side of the creek bed and I could tell by his excitement that he wanted to take the limb and make a bridge at the creek. Of course, as a good mama, I called down for him to be careful and told him that he didn’t need to put that limb in the creek. But, as a five year old boy will do, he continued down toward the creek during his exploration. As the creek is not deep, I let him play and watched. A few minutes later I heard, “Mama, my clothes are a little wet”, which really didn’t surprise me. He continued to play and then I heard, “Mama, I need help getting out.” I made sure he was okay and then called for my oldest son to help him get out of the creek bed. I watched for the next few minutes as they tried different ways to help my youngest get out, and then it finally happened. The youngest handed the oldest the limb he had carried down to the creek. My oldest climbed to the top, held the limb against the side of the steep creek bed and the youngest used it to hold onto as he climbed up. As he reached the top I heard him say in a very sweet voice, “YaYa (as he calls his brother), thank you for helping me get out.” My heart just melted when I realized that these two boys who are typical, arguing brothers, worked together showing an amazing love for each other.
Jesus calls us to love, that is the new commandment for us. As we go through our days, we sometimes find that obstacles get in the way of us loving in the manner Jesus would love. But, as these two boys showed on the edge of the creek bed in the view of this mother, when push comes to shove and when a brother needs his brother, love shines through in the way that Jesus calls us to love. “This is my commandment, that we love one another.”
Prayer: God, thank you for sending Jesus to earth to show the most powerful of all love. Be with us as we learn to love in the way Jesus taught. Help us show that awesome love to others. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Showing Love