This evening, DUMC’s United Methodist Women hosted a Mother-Daughter Potluck Dinner. It was great! There are a lot of great cooks in our midsts. Chicken, ham, turkey and stuffing, salads, and casseroles filled the tables. Tea, lemonade, water, and coffee was on hand. I was stuffed during the meal and again now just thinking about it.
The program that followed was a tribute to all women. Some Psalms were read, a devotional about women followed, and a retelling of the interactions of Jesus and his mother continued the theme. Then Rev Erin Daniels and her family filled the sanctuary with song. Songs of praise were beautifully harmonized by three generations of the Gibson women, even included the little ones in the presentation. Despite the technically issues that were had, the ladies made a lovely presentation.
It was a wonderful thing to see my church family come together to celebrate the female strength that is helpful to so many in so many ways. Thanks to the UM Men for cleaning up after the dinner. That was a nice touch to a wonderful evening.
Today Pastor Erin took the reigns of the traditional services. (Pastor Teresa busied herself with the children’s church group.) As the Candle of Love was lit, Erin asked us all, “How does God’s Love show through us?” How do we show the world that God Loves every one?
Do you do it by trying to exit the office “Holiday” party as quickly as possible or planning for a friend to call with an “emergency” at a certain time when you are to be a family gathering?
How about holding the door for a stranger? Helping a worker-bee load an oversized load onto a cart when it isn’t even your purchase that he is getting? Giving extra to the pot to buy for the working poor family that is falling through the cracks at the welfare office? Are these little tokens enough for someone to say that they see God in us?
“How will they know we are Christians?” the old hymn sings. “They will know by our love, by our love. They will know we are Christians by our love.”
This is a hectic season for most. But please try to take the time to be kind, generous, and patience. For it is thorough our actions, our little tokens of kindness, that people will see God’s Love thorough us.