“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.