Archive for May, 2013

Have you ever posted or texted something you wished you could redo? I do it all the time. I quickly type something, hit send, and then read it and immediately wish I would have read it before I hit send. Sometimes autocorrect will change a word and sometimes my fingers just don’t hit the right letters. Either way, it can certainly be embarrassing at least and/or offensive at worst. Sometimes though, it can even be insightful. Let me explain.

buildingforthefutureYesterday my wife had one of her kidneys removed as the result of a tumor. As I sat in the hospital with my wife, waiting for them to take her to the OR, the waiting room was filled with people who were there to simply show their love for us. You see, my wife and I have a wonderful family; parents, brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, nieces, and nephews who love us and we know it. The thing is, we don’t live very close to any of them. We miss them, especially at times like this, and we know that they would be here if they could (her mom and sister were able to be here, which we are very thankful for). We are, however, extremely blessed in another way. We have a church family. All of those people I told you about in the waiting room? Yup, church family.

So, as I sat there, overwhelmed by their show of love and support for us I posted something on Facebook. It went like this, “Sitting in pre-op with my wife, getting lots of live from my church family.”

Live.

I meant love, of course. One letter changed the whole word, but in this case it added something to the meaning. A good friend of mine pointed this out after I posted a correction. He said, “To love is to live.”

I think he’s on to something. You see, my church family loves each other like we do because we truly are a family. We don’t just see each other on Sundays. Church isn’t just something we go to, it’s something we are. We experience life together. We live our lives together as a family of believers in Christ. It’s really an amazing thing and it makes an impression on others. I have heard more than one hospital worker and/or patient, on more than one occasion, make a comment about the amount of people sitting in the waiting room while one of our own is having a procedure done. I guess it’s unusual to many, but in truth it should be normal for any church. After all Jesus Himself said in John 13:34-35,

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

imagesOn his live album Where The Light Is John Mayer makes the comment that the only thing he has left to experience in life is to simply give and receive love. I have had that experience both through my blood kin and through my spritual kin. That kind of love is family love. I wish that everyone could experience this kind of love and I believe you can. It begins with knowing Christ. John wrote in 1John 4:16,

“So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him”,

and in verse 19,

“We love because He first loved us.”

Thank you to all of my family for your love and support. It means a lot.