Ancient church mothers and fathers often greeted one another with the phrase, “Give me a word.” This greeting led to the sharing of insights and wisdom. Today we continue this tradition with this monthly column.
By Mandy Sayers
Pastor, Covenant UMC, Gaithersburg
“Love lifted me! Love lifted me! When nothing else could help, love lifted me!”
The hymn writer uses the image of lifting to describe Jesus’ rescuing him from sin and the quagmire of life when left to his own devices. Psalm 40 talks about a God who lifted the psalmist out of the miry clay and set his feet upon a rock.
Perhaps you have known the feeling, either in your spiritual life or in your personal life, where you have needed a “hand up,” or a “lift” from where you are to where God is calling you to go. Sometimes God’s hand comes through a person who provides the lift that is needed.
It is in these spaces, where need meets love, that we see the wonder of grace, giving love we didn’t earn, lifting us when we are least able to help ourselves. When I went off to college, my parents got smarter in my eyes very quickly, as I began to see what they had done for me, the sacrifices they had made for my education and as an investment in God’s future for me. I said to Daddy one day, “I… I… will never be able to pay you back for all you have done for me.” His response was, “Oh honey, of course not. That’s not how love works. One day, your child will have that same look on her face, and you will explain to her about grace and extravagant love.”
This Lent, what is God calling you to do to show God’s
Maybe God is calling you to “lift” someone in love through a gift to Africa University, where you will invest in someone you may have never met, but whom God knows and loves intimately.
I know very well how it feels to be able to say, “Love lifted me!” Lent is a time to share God’s gifts and love to lift others. May you observe a holy, and breathtaking, Lent.