Pastor’s Paragraph–March 22, 2018
During the sermon this past Sunday, I shared the advice which a wise counselor gave to a married couple (Marion Bond West and her husband Gene) who had come to him for counseling. The couple’s marriage – which for more than 30 years had been quite healthy – had over the course of several months become strained. They had begun to snap at each other. At other times the couple had simply quit conversing – becoming grimly silent. But both the husband and the wife did not want their marriage to disintegrate. So they decided to go to a marriage counselor. After listening to the couple, the wise counselor gave them the following assignment: make a list of ten things each of you do that makes the other feel loved.
They took the assignment seriously. And over the course of just a few weeks, their relationship improved. They began laughing together again. And listening and talking to one another again. They renewed their love and commitment to each other.
The advice of that wise counselor is not just good marital advice. It can help improve many types of relationships such as friend to friend, parent to child, child to parent, church member to church member, etc. Such wise counsel could also be an intentional way for Christians to improve our relationship to Christ. So over the next couple of days – between now and Easter – why not make a list of ten things you do that show Christ Jesus how much you love Him? Then – having made your list – do your best to act upon it.
Your “things-to-do-to-show-Christ–Jesus-how-much–you-love-Him” list might very well include some of the Holy Week services and activities that will be held at our church. These activities/services are listed in this newsletter. May your participation in them be one of the ways that you demonstrate your love for Christ as Easter approaches.