May 15, 2014 by Pastor Ben McIntire
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted an article on this blog, so to anyone who still bothers to show up and read, I thank you. My explanation is that during the last couple of months life has been crazy, busy, and exciting as my family and I have moved to Storm Lake, Iowa and I have been called to serve as Pastor at St. Mark Lutheran Church. We truly love and miss our friends at Salem Lutheran in Creston, but we are also joyful for the opportunity to spread the love of God around and begin working in this new place.
I felt like the best theme for getting back to the blog and kind of a restart, would be to talk about Love. All I do as a pastor and all we do in our lives, no matter what our job or vocation, should be a reflection of God’s love for the world and for all God’s children.
I stumbled across a video from a project called HumansOfNewYork.com which interviews and posts photos and quotes from real people in NYC. This short video is called “Shirley & Moe.” Shirley is 100 years old and takes this opportunity to tell about her late husband and what he taught her on his deathbed. Moe said, “Take the love you have for me and spread it around. In love spread around, there beauty is found.”
Watch the video of Shirley & Moe.
I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s a touching story. And probably one that many widows and widowers can relate to. Even more, however, Moe’s message ought to resonate with all Christians. Among Christ’s final words to his disciples was the command to “Love one another, as I have loved you,” (John 15:12) and “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). One could paraphrase: “Take this love and spread it around.”
Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of Love. For the love you have shown to me and to the world, and for the loving relationships in my life. Help me to spread this great love around, so that in the world, beauty may be found. Amen