Love

Who Am I?

Who Am I?

Who am I?  Do I matter?  Where do I belong?

Over the summer, our Jennersville pastors Doug Walker (student ministry) and Johnny Johnston (campus pastor) taught on these questions adolescents strive to answer before entering their adulthood.  As they popped up on the screen, I thought, “as an adult, I still ask these questions!” In my twenties I struggled with depression, mostly because my answer to these questions were:

Brad Paisley: I thought I loved you then

Brad Paisley: I thought I loved you then

My husband and I celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary later this month. This Brad Paisley song with the words “I thought I loved you then” has been our theme song for many years. (It was not the song we danced to at our wedding…we eloped…a fact he has not lived down in 35 years!) Young love is wonderful and exciting, but “old” love is even richer and has so much more depth.

Love Letters

Love Letters

The effort started out simply enough.  

I set out to pen a note to my sweet mister on the occasion of our 20 years of life together. Over two decades, we’ve exchanged countless expressions of affection and appreciation for one another. But as the 20-year mark approached, I was looking for a fresh way to let him know how grateful I am to walk this life with him.

Love Each Other

Love Each Other

This past year, we studied the book of John in Bible study.  In chapter 15, Jesus uses the analogy of a garden and gardener to reveal to us how we are to live.  God is the gardener, Jesus is the vine and we are branches and are to remain close to the vine in order to bear fruit and have life.  We are also told that the branches are pruned in order to produce more fruit. In this story, Jesus reveals to us his command for us, his followers.  Not once, but twice. In verse 12 he states, "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you."  And then again in verse 17 he says, "This is my command: Love each other." Sounds simple enough, right?