Love the Lord your God and Love your Neighbor
Written by Paul Gueldner, a Lay Minister for Christ
Sunny, warm days, sitting by the lake, a blade of grass twiddling in your fingers
The splashings of children in the water nearby
Your wide brimmed hat shading your face and shoulders
An orange umbrella hanging in your too perfect tea glass
Your toes dipping into the cool sand as you dig below the surface
Life is pleasant, easy, and your troubles seem far away
The kid next door just caught a fish off the dock and is not quite sure what to do with it
The dog is licking his chops, knowing exactly what he would do with that fish
His only question, roll or eat?
Your spouse pushes through the screen door and it makes you think back to the time when you first met some 10, 20, 30 or more years ago.
It seems like only yesterday
Now, remember that the Lord loves you that much and more.
He has loved you since before you were born.
He loved your grandparents, parents, and now you.
He loves your children, your grandchildren, and those that come after you.
He is the beginning and the end.
He greets us in the beginning and loves us through the end.
Then, it continues as our journey takes us to heaven to live with Him forever.
Whatever comes in this life, the Lord is there in it.
The Spirit goes before us, the Lord walks beside us, and the Father watches over us.
So, take care of yourself.
You cannot help someone else if your cup is empty or you have low energy
Take your time
When your cup runs over, then you can help someone else
Love the Lord your God:
Put your hand in the hand of the man who stilled the waters,
Put your hand in the hand of the man who calmed the seas…
Some were not around when this song was sung in the 1960s and 1970s. None of us were here when Jesus walked the earth, but we should feel his presence in our very bones and collective consciousness.
You are my strength
You are my rock
You are my Lord
You are my God
Love your neighbor, “Those people”:
They don’t dress like me
They don’t walk like me
They don’t talk like me
They are too tall
They are too short
They are too round
They are too thin
They think too much
They think too little
They don’t have my skin color
They don’t share my culture
“Those people” were the ones Jesus came to save. Do you see yourself in the statements above? Jesus sees you for who you are and loves you anyway! He longs for the day to hold you close and call you his own.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30, Revised Standard Version (RSV)
Paul Gueldner is a Lay Minister for Christ and a member of the Prince of Peace Spiritual Care Team.