Our Gospel reading, this morning, is John 13 where Jesus is washing the Disciples feet and reminding all of us to love our neighbor. Our New Testament reading is in Romans 12, starting with verse 3, where Paul is reminding us we are all different with different gifts we are supposed to be using. What if we were to actually live what we believe? What if we were to "bless" people with the gifts God has given to us? What if we were to show our love of neighbor by "blessing" them from the gifts God has given to each of us - individually and as community?
Now, during Lent, there are quite a few of us, in the MN Conference and several between the two churches, reading "Surprise the World" by Michael Frost. This week's reading is to "bless" at least three people during the week. At least one of the people, we bless, should be a person NOT in our church - maybe even someone who doesn't know God loves them! Now that is an interesting thought! To bless three (3) people in one week doesn't sound like an impossible task. Showing God's love, maybe even with a smile to the person who is "in our way" -- like a full cart in the "express" aisle. Saying, instead of 'bless you,' when someone sneezes "God bless you." Using the special gifts God has given you, cooking(?), sewing(?), for someone who might need food or some repair work?
Something to think about as we continue with busy schedules and weather that is causing interesting difficulties. How can we show God's love by being a servant sharing the gifts God has given each of us? Who is God asking you to "bless" this week?