Perfect Love

Dear Lovers,
 
“The world is not overcome through destruction, but through reconciliation. Not ideals, nor programs, nor conscience, nor duty, nor responsibility, nor virtue, but only God’s perfect love can encounter reality and overcome it. Nor is it some universal idea of love, but rather  the love of God in Jesus Christ, a love genuinely lived, that does this." Dietrich Bonhoeffer,  from “Meditations on the Cross”
 
Valentine's is a fun day. Romantic love is a gift from God. However, in my lifetime I have spent more time with people who are disappointed with romance than those who celebrate it. Some have the gift of romance flowing hard right now and to them I say 'get in the stream and enjoy the waters.' To all the others who feel slighted by the lover they have been given, or wonder if they’ll ever find love, may the Lord be with you. May the mystery of "God's perfect love encounter your reality and overcome it.”
 
Prayers:  For the team going on a ministry trip to Booneville this weekend : Cleo Frye, Terry Luce, Trace Tyler, Steve Cruickshank, Donna Rose and Bill Challis and myself. For Milt Jensen who receives a new hip Monday Feb 13th, for Gregory Ellicott who was recently released from the hospital because of pneumonia, for Barb Metz who has been hospitalized with kidney issues, and for Debbi Meador who receives news on cancer tests tomorrow. For leadership and for The Church.
 
“I understand that in view of my decision to give myself unreservedly to God and my neighbor, it would be absolutely necessary for me to devote space and time to prayer.” Dom Helder Camera
 
See Matthew 5:21-37 for further reflection.
 
Still in One Peace,
 
Pastor David J. Jensen

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