Author: Michael Lewis (Virginia, US)
Several years ago, my wife and I spent the weekend with a friend in her new home. During our stay, she took us out into the garden to see her pond. I was struck by the stillness of the water, the water lilies and the croaking of frogs.
While reflecting on the scenic view, I had this thought: for many years I have been as still as a pond behind the grand edifice of my church. Year after year, I soaked in sermons, scripture verses and encouraging words, but I seldom let those words flow from me in service to others.
I am learning that I cannot love God fully without loving my neighbour. I love them by sharing the good news of Jesus Christ’s death on the cross, praying for them, visiting them when they are sick, offering them shelter and helping them in their hour of need.
The Lord did not call us to be stagnant but to allow our faith to flow outward like a stream. Jesus said ‘Whoever believes in me, as scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them’ (John 7:38). Water flows, the Spirit flows, love flows. Christ’s love can help us transform our world as we humbly serve others inside and outside our places of worship.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to be still in your presence and active in serving others. Amen