Notes for today's sermon

Like everyone else, I struggle with the big existential "Why?" Why me? here? now? An unresolvable mystery, yes. But I have a working theory: I'm here because the great I AM wants me to be.

To what end seems more clear: it's about growing in love and extending that love to others. I'm not voicing 60's "love, love, love" hype. I understand love to be more than a feeling. Love is work. Ask any parent, partner, or spouse. Love involves attending to another; listening; confronting; encouraging; asking; forgiving/seeking forgiveness; urging; nudging; suffering with; rejoicing; comforting. Love is a verb.

M. Scott Peck, author of The Road Less Traveled, speaks of love as an act of will, as both an intention and an action. "Love is as love does."

God loves me. Here. Now. God is at work in my life: attending; listening; confronting through those with whom I am in relationship. I am a work in progress. God isn't finished with me yet.

Each time I open myself to another; each time I step out of my comfort zone into the work and messiness of relationship, I am enlarged and given new opportunity to learn and to grow.

1 Cor. 13: Love never dies...We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled...We don't yet see things clearly. We're squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won't be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We'll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us! But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

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