Romans 13:8-10 – Love for One Another
Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.
I was so richly blessed yesterday morning as I went with our congregation’s confirmation class to a service morning as we volunteered at a preschool here in Cincinnati. I got this picture of one of our team members playing a hand game with one of the children at the center. It was such a blessing to be there and have the fun we did with the children. However, what struck me was once again the deep love that the staff members and teachers have for the children under their care during the day. We were there for 4 hours – it was easy to do that – it wasn’t “hard work” – it was just getting to do the fun things of playing games, reading stories, helping with meal time, going for a walk. But the teachers are there day in and day out. They are the ones who deal with not only the fun and joy, but the times of difficulty and challenge. And love is what drives them. Love is what helps them each day in fulfilling their calling. One part in particular for me was walking to a park with a group of the children – I was walking with one little boy who was new to the center and spent most of his time walking looking everywhere and we were the slowest of the pack. I walked with a woman who said she was a volunteer grandma there – she served there because she was told that the kids needed a grandma, so she said she could definitely do that. She does this as a volunteer every day and has been doing so for the last 7 years. Wow. That’s love.
PS – the reason the pic looks as it does is twofold – one, the pic from my iphone didn’t come out so well and second, I wanted to further “anonymize’ it a bit.