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God's love in action

This past week I have learned more about community than I thought possible. The 4th of July weekend brought numerous opportunities to spend time with a variety of people in a variety of circumstances. I was reminded that if I listen, the stories of each person in a given community can take me to a whole new place of understanding the world around me. It also gives me a new perspective from which I can love, and appreciate, that person anew in Christ.

We invited a friend and his young daughter to spend the long weekend with us. They have been through a rough few months and were in need of a place to rest; to be protected from the world for a few days and just experience peace. While we cannot solve their problems, we can invite them into our community for a short time and provide the protection they need. This is God’s love in action.

On the 4th of July my family celebrated the day with the people of Clark Fork. It was a chance to be absorbed into their community for a few hours. We reconnected with old friends, caught up on life, losses, celebrations, and changes that have come with age. It was good. Then it was off to a different kind of community: the family BBQ!

What is it about the community of family? When it is healthy, spending time with family is like a respite from the world. The community of family is the perfect place for practical application of the unconditional love of Christ. We know each other, warts and all, and still we can love, laugh, tell stories, and play a really good game of badminton! This too is community. This too, is love.

I found myself drawn into yet another community on Sunday morning, a community of young children from Uganda. Their singing, traditional dancing, and music swept me into their world for a moment. It was a long, painful moment, as I heard their stories of horror at the hands of a violent faction. But I also heard of their rescue by a community of people willing to extend the love of God and live out His word through sponsorship. I am now part of that community, hopefully, for the rest of my life. This is also the love of God in action.

This last week has been a week of community and experiencing the love God has placed in all of us to pass along to those around us. God is the source of love because He is love. He set community in place for a reason. We need each other. Sometimes we need a place of refuge, or a place of peace. Sometimes we need to laugh and have fun, and sometimes we need to cry with each other and be a part of the healing process. Whatever the need, my prayer this week is that when I see an opportunity to express God’s love in my community I will just do it, and so fulfill His commandment to love.

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Kathy Osborne Kathy Osborne is the editor of the Co Op Country Store's newspaper, the Co Op Round-Up. In her spare time she checks in on her three grown children, or listens to her husband play music.

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