I was concerned. Do I know how to love God? I decided to ask others how they show love. Answers from adults and children included: I tell them, I hug them, I kiss them, I do kind things for them, I have fun with them, I give them gifts, I do things that my Mom and Dad ask me to do, I spend time with them, I talk to them and share things, I want to be with them a lot.
Do I tell God that I love God? It’s hard to hug and kiss God, but I certainly can do kind things for God—things that God expects me to do. Love my neighbors. Help the stranger. Pray for the sad and troubled. If I do things God asks me to do, I show love for God.
Have I ever had fun with God—thanked God for a gorgeous fall day, gloried in an amazing sunset, enjoyed the Smoky Mountains, wondered at the intricacies of creation? Have I ever given God a gift—a gift of obedience, a gift of time, energy, or money, a gift of my talents in service? If I have, I have shown God love.
Do I spend time with God, talking with God in prayer and meditation, sharing my thoughts and feelings, my cares and concerns? Do I want to be “with” God? Do I look forward to worship on Sunday mornings? Is God like a friend to me? Do I listen to God as much as I talk to God? If I do, I show God love.
I do know how to love God with all my heart, soul, strength, and mind. Now I can do it.
Prayer: Loving Father, thank you for your amazing love, for your grace that forgives us, and for your gift of Jesus. Amen. -Nancy Carmon