by: Rich Vaughan
I hit a “wall” early Monday morning after the Men’s Bible Study, and some church business, and even Tuesday I was still not up to my magnificent self. (Said with all the humility I could muster!) J So no devotions until now. Today my staff noticed that I seemed to have “returned” to my mischievous self and was back to my normal pace so here is a devotion for today.
Sunday is Valentine’s Day. Now to all of you gentleman, please note, you have 3 days left to do something before you are in serious trouble! (I will offer marriage counselling services starting next Tuesday night if you mess up, but keep in mind I am not a miracle worker!) With that said, love is far more than cards, candy, flowers or jewelry.
Our youth group has been sharing love lately. Many of our older and shut-in church members have been finding mysterious signs popping up in their yards saying. “Holland’s Youth Love You.” These signs are colorfully decorated with balloons and hearts. The youth have decorated the signs themselves. While these signs are simple in so many ways, the response has been profound. The emails and calls the church has gotten since this little event started has been amazing. It has touched a chord for so many people tired of being cooped up, tired of politics and politicians, tired of rainy days, tired of negative news, etc.
These signs have reminded us of an eternal truth. Love isn’t just a word thrown around. Real, true love, is action. Loving one another is following Jesus’ own words. It makes our world and our lives better. It brings hope and a smiles to those walking through hard times. It reminds us of the good in all of us and the power in all of us to change the day or the week for someone with just a simple action, and/or deed.
Debbie and I were a recipient of one such sign. It came on the day I had hit the “wall” (physically and emotionally). It came at a God moment that Debbie and I needed. It was a perfect “gift” at just the right time. Four simple words on a colorful sign that mysteriously appeared in the parsonage yard just when Debbie and I needed it most. Yes, love comes in many ways. Sometimes it is in a card, or a kiss, or a hug, or flowers. And sometimes, just sometimes, it is a God moment when God uses a youth leader and young people to remind you of all that is good in our world. May all of us experience such love. Amen and Amen!