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Thoughts on experiencing God: Part II

[ 0 ] June 7, 2012 |
When our children were small, I was the pastor of a much smaller church family. On Sundays, I did my preacher thing while Rhonda sang in the choir. This was complicated for us because we had three small children with the youngest yet to start school. An older couple in the church decided to help us by helping care for our children during church. Kelly, our youngest, would sit with them. They might give her a quarter, sometimes a snack, and would always welcome her with a smile and a hug. Kelly adored them because Gaylord and Jean adored her. And yes, we adored them because they loved our little girl. Many years later when Kelly got married, Gaylord came to the wedding having since lost his wife of many years. It was touching when he came and equally touching that Kelly made sure he got an invitation. This couple’s love for Kelly will forever give them a special place in our hearts.
There are many ways to experience God, but few are as significant as loving what God loves, or more clearly, loving “who” God loves. When we love someone, God loves — and God loves everyone — then we experience the heart of God in a way like no other. When we lift up the broken, forgive the damaged, reach out to the least, the last and the lost, this is a place we absolutely experience God. “If you have done it to one of the least of these, my children, you have done it unto me.” (Jesus in Matthew 25:40)

If you love one of my children, you will immediately have a place in my life. When you love one of God’s children, you immediately have a place in His. This is a place we can always, every time and every day experience God.

Category: Weekly Thoughts

About miker: I am the Senior pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Mansfield where I have led the Church for more than 15 years. Our mission statement is "Making disciples of Jesus Christ who will love God, love others, and serve the world. This has been taken so to heart by this Church family that First Mansfield has become one of the top 50 attended Methodist Churches in nation impacting not only our local area, but our denomination and world. View author profile.

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