Archive for January 20th, 2009

1 John 3:18

Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth”

I was given the opportunity today to love with actions and in truth. I started my morning earlier than normal, for being laid off that is, at 8am. Today there was a funeral. A funeral that came long before it was due. This funeral was like many others across the nation today. This funeral was a tragedy. A young man, who had more friends, family, loved ones, and strangers who cared for him than you could count. Only 17 years old took his own life. I struggle to imagine what could possibly have been going through his mind to want to cause so much pain. What could I have done? What could others have done? What could have been said? What was said? He was a popular boy, a fire fighter in training, a wonderful artist. But at some point somewhere in this boys life a mistake was made. He left no note. Left no signs of why.

So, being laid off I had the time available to invest in this kids family. I did not know Jessie, I did not know his family. But I wanted to show God’s love to them in this time of need. To show them that they are not alone. Maybe I went unnoticed, they don’t know who I am. But that’s not why I did it. Not for thanks or payment, but to grow in my own relationship with God.

I spent about ten hours working to make the day easier for his family. Setting up chairs, running sound and tech for the service, setting up tables and food for them to come back and eat after the grave site. I hope that they were comfortable, as much as can be expected anyways. But during those ten hours I had a lot of time to think. A lot of emotions went through my mind. But one thought was persistent. What could have been done to prevent this? What could I have done? To my knowledge I had never met Jessie. But I think about the people that do cross my path. Regardless if they are strangers or the people that I see everyday. 1 John 3:18 kept running through my head. Could loving in actions and truth, showing a bit more love to people could that prevent the sadness and hurt feelings that lead to such tragedies. I pray that I can make a difference, regardless of how small, to the people around me and that they might see Gods love through me.


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