It was a snowy Tuesday afternoon, and I was heading home to see my family for a few brief moments before returning to the church for a meeting that evening. I was tired, stressed, and in no mood for snow. But as I approached the house, I was greeted by a heart-warming sight—three people with snow shovels braving the cold weather to clean off our driveway. Our neighbor and fellow Kossuth member Jay was there with both of his kids, and they were systematically attacking that unwelcome snow with the urgency, efficiency, and teamwork of a NASCAR pit crew. I was humbled, but not surprised. After all, this wasn’t the first time in the past few years that Jay and his kids had sneaked down to our house to put their shoveling skills to work.
Spontaneous, unexpected acts of service like that make me think back to the words of Jesus prior to his death: “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). Expressions of love within the body of Christ are like neon signs pointing to the reality of the gospel’s transforming work in our lives. They show that we are a community, a family, a people. In the church, something like shoveling a driveway is far more than a nice, neighborly thing to do. It’s a theological declaration that the blood of Jesus is the most profoundly effective unifying agent that this universe could ever know. By loving each other, we commend the God who so lavishly and sacrificially loved us.
Here at Kossuth, I have experienced all sorts of loving acts like this—whether it’s the unsolicited offer of a saintly person to watch our daughters so my wife and I can enjoy a quiet date, an encouraging email that is received at just the right time, or an anonymous card that arrives with cash inside of it. And, I am quite certain that I’m not the only one. I know that you have your own stories of how your brothers and sisters have shown love to you in meaningful and edifying ways.
So, if you have a story, why not tell it? In the coming weeks and months, I’d like to invite you to participate in a campaign here on our Connections blog called, “Love is ___.” You could fill in the blank with a million things. Maybe someone brought you a meal during a rough time. Maybe someone prayerfully helped you fight a persistent sin in your life. Maybe someone gave you a gift or met a material need you were facing. Who knows—maybe someone shoveled your driveway. Just write up your story showing how Christian love has been shown to you recently (regardless of how short or long it is), email it to me (email@example.com), and we’ll feature it as part of our “Love is ___” series right here on the Connections blog.
My hope is that sharing these stories will magnify the greatness of our loving God working in and through us while also helping to spur us on toward even greater depths of love for one another.