With Valentine’s Day around the corner, many of our minds rush towards romantic love. For those who are partnered or who want to be, Valentine’s Day is a chocolate opportunity to affirm our affection and to say those things we would be wise and loving to say all year around. I’m all for Valentine’s Day. It’s just the nudge many of us need to pledge ourselves again, and indeed, it’s a lot of fun.
Everyone knows that love comes in many packages, too, not just romantic packages. The Greeks had four distinct words for love, three more than we do but still not enough. There are as many ways to love as there are people to do it.
Sunday’s worship service is a Children’s Sabbath. Kids in the congregation have developed the service – the liturgy, the prayers, and the theme: “Blanketed in Love.” The scripture to be read includes the Parable of the Good Samaritan and Jesus’s famous Summary of the Law. Both have everything to do with love, with what it means to love, with who we are to love. Interestingly, neither are exclusively or even primarily about romantic love. Instead, both scripture readings wrestle with the question, Who is my neighbor, and how am I to love her/him?
I’m very proud of our kids and the adults who have led them in their preparation, and I know that you will love reflecting with them on God’s expansive love.
See you in church.