Today’s message is on Mark 12:31: “The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
We were moving the weekend in August 2017 from Houston (actually Missouri City, right outside of Houston) to Louisiana when Hurricane Harvey hit causing so much devastation and destruction. We barely made it out of the storm, we had packed our Uhaul and I followed behind my husband, and literally 20 minutes after we passed an area of the interstate they closed it. We would have been stuck there. It was scary, as the water was at a dangerous level for our car.
I remember the news reporting so many stories of people coming from all over the US to help……I love that! Because there is a lot of negative news and sometimes it can be really heavy.
I remember one story that stood out to me and that was about an owner of a piano store in Maryland that felt prompted to do something different. He knew that music could bring a special kind of healing to people who had lost everything in this storm. So he and his staff began to refurbish pre-owned pianos and find out where the greatest need was. That spring, Dean Kramer and his wife, Lois, began the long journey to Houston, Texas, driving a truck filled with free pianos to give to families, churches, and schools in the area that was hit the worst. While many people brought food, water, and the basic necessities, I remember thinking how amazing this was. And pianos aren’t cheap either! But the point is that they were giving…
Sometimes we assume that neighbor means someone who lives next door or someone we know in our neighborhood. But in Luke 10, Jesus told the parable of the good Samaritan to teach that our love for our neighbors shouldn’t have barriers. The man from Samaria freely gave to a wounded stranger, even though the man was a Jew, part of a group that was at odds with the Samaritans, in Luke 10:25-37.
In an interview Dean Kramer was asked why he gave away all of the pianos, and he simply said: “We’re told to love our neighbors.” And it was Jesus who said, “There is no commandment greater” (Mark 12:31) than to love God and our neighbor.
I hope this inspired you today to love fiercely, and react when God puts things on your heart.
“I am a kind, patient, and loving person to my family, friends, neighbors and strangers”
Much love, prayers and some sparkles and sunshine!
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