Love is not just the feeling of butterflies in your stomach. Love is hard work. If you have ever been in a serious relationship you know that warm fuzzies alone don’t cut it. Loving God is the same way. It takes the effort and investment of the whole person: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.” (Deuteronomy 6:5)
Loving God with all your heart according to Hebrew scripture is a call to study. The heart in the Hebrew Bible is the organ of thoughtful reflection – pretty much like we think of the brain nowadays. Earlier I shared an invitation to engage in Spiritual Summer Reading. The Confessions of Saint Augustine are the moving story of a spiritual giant in the making. Please read at your own pace and join me for a wrap-up session on Sunday, August 26, at 9am at St. John’s.
Loving God with all your soul means putting all your passion into the effort of serving God and God’s beloved. We will practice that on Sunday, July 29th, when will be creating an original piece of art together as part of our worship service at 10 am. Our project will then become part of “The Harvey Experience,” an event commemorating Ft. Bend residents’ experiences before, during, and after the strom that changed the lives of so many of our friends and neighbors. This will be a free family event held at Constellation Field on August 25, 2018, from 12pm – 2pm. Please come and bring the power of your entire soul on Sunday!
Loving God with all your might is about utilizing your resources to impact this world for the better, to be laborers in God’s vineyard. As a co-founder of Helping Hands we conduct two food drive months per year. Through the month of August we will collect non-perishable food items to benefit our local foodbank. Your might is needed to love God and neighbor.