Scripture: 1 Peter 4:10
“Oh, for the love of God!” It’s a phrase, I admit, I use more often than not for reasons which are less than benevolent, and often with a grimace on my face. Recent utterances of the phrase being the other morning when I could not find my left shoe in my overcrowded closet; last week when I jammed my toe into the foot of the bed I was changing; and this morning when I had to return home to get some important forms we had forgotten to grab before leaving for school. We all lead busy lives, tossing things out of sight quickly so that we can move on to the next thing, multitasking and not giving our full attention to one activity at a time, or waiting until the deadline is upon us to meet an obligation. And, it is for this very reason that Advent season exists. Advent is a time to prepare ourselves and our families spiritually to celebrate the most glorious event in Christianity. So, I pause and think about that phrase I utter carelessly as I go about my hectic life. What do my family and I do “for the love of God”? And when I sit quietly long enough I realize, we’ve done quite a lot.
Hampton volunteered several nights this year at Surry Medical Ministries, usually after having put in a full day of work. Daniel enjoys serving on the Presbyterian Youth Council and will be a counselor this weekend at the Middle School Youth retreat. Mary Glen worked very hard in the Pumpkin Patch this year to help the Beacons raise much needed funds to feed less fortunate families for Thanksgiving. And I have served for the past three years on the Session, admittedly one of the most challenging tasks ever asked of me. I hope as you’re reading this, you’ll ask yourselves, “What have I done for the love of God?” Maybe during this Advent season, you and your family can share with each other what it is that you have done, or want to do, “for the love of God,” and the next time we say that phrase it will be not with a grimace but a grin on our faces. Merry Christmas!
Prayer: Gracious God, help each of us to realize how we are called to serve you, not out of obligation but out of love, now and in the year to come. Amen.
Heather, Hampton, Daniel, & Mary Glen Hatcher