The Waiting Room
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God's love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4: 7-11 (NRSV)
Gordon Talk is from Kentucky. He was in the doctor's waiting room when a young man came in. After being greeted by the receptionist, he sat by me. His clothing, a factory uniform, was dirty, and he smelled of hard work. Gordon smiled but wished he had sat somewhere else. After a moment, Gordon recognized something familiar in his scent. It was the odor his father had when he came home from work at a similar factory.
His father was a faithful Christian. Perhaps this young man was a Christian. Maybe he loved to hug and kiss his children like Gordon's father did ti him. Gordon was ashamed for judging his seatmate negatively. He had forgotten the teachings of the Good News: "Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God."
God loves us all and shares life with us all. Jesus Christ was crucified and resurrected because God sent his Son into the world in the ultimate act of love. In Christ, no matter who we are or what we do, we are to care for and love one another as we love God and are loved by God.
Prayer: Dear God, help us try to love everyone we meet as you love us, in Jesus' name. Amen.