Gary Chapman believes that there are 5 love languages: Words of affirmation, quality time, receiving of gifts, acts of service and physical touch. Each of us has one or two ways that we prefer to be “loved” and there are ways that our loved ones prefer it too. And each of these types of love can be applied whether it’s romantic, filial or a beloved community.
I’ve seen all of these forms of love in this congregation. I see love when people help those in need rides, meals and support; I see love when I hear words of gratitude toward others; I see love when people show up for important events in the lives (and deaths) of others; I see love when people give financial support for those in need. I see love when it’s a quick hug to support a friend; I see love when celebrations occur. I see love everywhere in this congregation. And there’s the thing about Love – it’s not always convenient or easy. It takes effort and inconvenience sometimes. But that’s why it’s called Love. Love always asks something of us. It asks us to reach out and help others.
Thank you for all that you do to Love!