Devotions

Whistle While You Work

“Our love should not be only words and talk.  Our love must be true love. And we should show that love by what we do.” 1 John 3:18

La Gomera is one of the Canary Islands found off the coast of Spain.  This island has mountains and ravines, gorges and precipices.  Yelling a message simply didn’t work.  Words would be jumbled, the meaning of their words lost in the twists, turns, and dead ends in the environment.   Given their environment, the people of La Gomera recognized that yelling across mountains would not suffice as an effective communication strategy.  The people on this island had to do something.  For hundreds of years, people on this island used a series of whistles to communicate over this rocky landscape.   They developed a new language, called Silbo Gomero, which in fact is a series of whistles that generations have passed down as the people worked up in the hills of this beautiful island.  Silbo Gomero is the only whistled language in the world, and children study this language in schools in the Canary Islands. 

There are so many ways I can say I love you.  Jesus tells us in 1 John 3:18 that we show our love not just by what we say, but by what we do.  Our actions break any language barrier.  When we are prayerful, compassionate, loving servants of God, there is no mistaking that our love points to Jesus.  I am grateful for all the ways that we can show God’s love through our church.  Even in these uncertain times, we can share our love through prayer.  We can find ways to communicate our love creatively, knowing when we come back together, we will be stronger together.  Love builds community, and I am grateful to be in community with you. 

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Let us not become weary in doing good...

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 

When will things go back to normal? Will there be a new normal? What day of the week is it? I guess we will celebrate Easter, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day at Thanksgiving? Okay, this might be stretch, but as time goes on, I continue to experience some feelings of desperation, longing for time with family and friends.  

Don’t get me wrong! I enjoy the slower pace of life, not rushing from one activity to the next. I stop and smell the roses on my morning runs. It is my hope that you have enjoyed the slower pace of life as well; however, planning for the future suddenly makes me aware of time. So many days and months have passed since gathering with loved ones. I desire to hug family and friends, to share a meal, and to laugh with them without the thought of social distancing six feet apart from one another. During these thoughts, I reflect on a passage in Galatians, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." This passage changes my perspective.  

We, "the church,” continue to create ways to stay connected even though we cannot gather in person. We hold church every Sunday. Small groups meet regularly, and children are being taught. Our mission ministry carries on by serving the community. Our church faces this uncertain time with compassion, courage and resiliency. We are leading a life by the example Christ set.  

When the time comes, and it is coming, we will reap the harvest of staying connected, praying intentionally, and serving the community's most vulnerable. We did not give up, and we will continue to be as one church doing good and loving one another just as Jesus taught us to do. Do not grow weary my friends. The day is coming when we will gather again, and rejoice and be glad in the day that only He has made! 

Kimberly Liebowitz 

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