To Serve is to Love

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I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you received me in your homes, naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me. Matthew 5:36

"She did not know that to love our neighbor is to be religious; and the man who does so will soon find that he cannot do without that higher part of religion, which is the love of God, without which the rest will sooner or later die away. She found the path to God the easier that she was now walking it in company with her fellows. We do not understand the next page of God's lesson book, we see only the page before us. Nor shall we be allowed to turn the leaf until we have learned its lesson." —The Shepherd's Castle, p. 169, George MacDonald.

Our Father, Praise to you, the source of all good. Thank you that you are at work bringing peace to our hearts and peace between neighbors. You have taught us, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you, not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." Please help us today to live into this grand promise, so we will be free to love and serve all whom you love. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Into a Larger World, A Prayer Book from Laity Lodge, by Howard Hovde, p. 52
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