By: Rev. Marisa Brown Ludwig
9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10 love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.[a] 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers*1 (Romans 12:9-13)
The apostle tells us how to live the love of God.
Dear First Church Friends,
As the colors of Autumn accompany us into colder nights and shorter days, my heart prepares for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday . . . becoming more quiet, conserving energy, watching the trees exultantly and boldly move toward the hibernation and rebuilding of winter. It’s time to think about the ones I love, and to consider more often the role of love in my life. As we make plans for the Thanksgiving holiday, we are united with all Americans in bringing family and friends around a table together in gratitude, no matter their faith tradition, their abilities or economic status, their ethnicity, their political affiliation, or their position on social issues. I find myself praying that every time we gather to pay attention to love around a table, it may get easier to extend that love out across more boundaries throughout our neighborhoods and to the world.…