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   Words from Pastor Jim:

IT BEGINS AT HOME

Mother Teresa cared for the poorest people of Calcutta, India who literally had nothing, no food, no clothes, no shelter, no medical care—and, very little hope. She did everything in her power to bring these things to the back alleys of Calcutta with the most important thing there is according to her—love.

Mother Teresa was an expert on poverty and in her interviews and talks she repeatedly spoke about another poverty, something she called the great poverty of the west (the wealthier, industrialized parts of the world)—the poverty of love.

In her talks on this, Mother Teresa would also include the poverty of spirituality as an integral part of this great poverty of the west.

“There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread, but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty of the west is a different kind of poverty—it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There is a hunger for love, as there is hunger for God.”

And, she said that the place to first address this poverty is in the home:

“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.”

Most of our homes are very busy places. Unfortunately, we too often let ourselves believe that all this busyness is an expression of love. We just take for granted that all the members of our household feel the love even when there is tension, pressure, anxiety, and impatience swirling all around the very people we “love”.

There really is no such thing as a busy love. Chances are if you’re busy, you’re not loving.

The Apostle John in his first letter, 1John 4:18, says, “. . . perfect love casts out fear . . .” I would add to that, “Perfect love casts out busyness.

You might be focusing right now on that word, “perfect”. Nobody’s perfect, right? Well, yes and no.

The real answer to that lies in what Mother Teresa called our poverty of spirituality. God’s desire in Jesus Christ is to bring each of us into perfection of love.

What God desires is always possible.

If we don’t take time to tend to our spiritually impoverished lives and the impoverished lives of our “loved” ones, then perfect love is just an idea hanging over our heads like some cloud in the sky. It’s pretty, but you can’t take hold of it.

That attitude basically says we don’t have time for love. We’re too busy.

Soren Kierkegaard, the 18th Century philosopher and theologian said,

To love another person is to help that person love God, and to be loved is to be helped.

Sadly, the home is where love is most often taken for granted. I would encourage you to set aside your busyness so that you can help a loved one love God—tend to the poverty of love and spirituality in your home. What could be more important than that?

I am certain you will find that perfect love is a lot closer than you think.

Pastor Jim

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