|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on February 3, 2021 at 3:35 PM|
It appears as I look outside that we are a bit in the winter doldrums. This time of year can often drag us down a bit and this year especially. We have to look for lights where we can find them, like the cardinal chirping on my deck this morning or the sun shining and you look up to see crystal clear blue skies, which believe it or not, has happened a few times in the last couple weeks. Often times it might just be an uplifting word or phrase that will strike a chord with you that you continue to replay in your mind. For me it was during the service last week, when the phrase from 1 Corinthians 8, “Knowledge puffs up, but Love builds up”, was mentioned and Kevin spoke so eloquently about. The word Love seems to have such a deeper meaning now in our current environment. During what a dear friend of mine is referring to as the “The Great Reset," we have needed to find alternate ways to show love, care, concern and affection.
Love is mentioned in so many things the Episcopal Church is doing like, Bishop Curry’s Way of Love, including those all-important steps of Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest. The upcoming virtual Diocesan Youth Bishop’s Ball has a theme of “Do Everything in Love” also from 1 Corinthians and the Episcopal Outreach effort of “One Thousand Days of Love”. All of these incorporate Love in some way to show us that the way we feel and think of others should be based around Love. After all, 1 Corinthians 13:13 tells us “Of these three; Faith, Hope and Love abide and the greatest of these is Love.” This Love strengthens and binds us together to face whatever challenges come upon us and will give us the grace to know that God’s Love will see us through.
With Love, we have assembled Lenten bags for both families of young children and for the parish. These will be available in the coming week and include supportive materials for the Lenten season at home. Please be on the lookout for more information on when you can get one. This is our way to spread Love to you and your family and please know that you continue to be in our prayers. Let Love build us all up!