A Thriving Spiritual Community

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Annisquam
Village Church

820 Washington St.
Gloucester, MA

Annisquam Village Church Logo

Annisquam
Village Church

820 Washington St.
Gloucester, MA

A Thriving Spiritual Community

Connected by Love

May 8, 2021

On Sunday we will hear a scripture, from the book of John.   

 I loved you as the Father loved me. Now remain in my love.  I have obeyed my Father’s commands, and I remain in his love. In the same way, if you obey my commandments, you will remain in my love.  I have told you these things so that you can have the same joy I have. I want your joy to be the fullest joy. This is my commandment: Love each other as I have loved you.                                                     – John 15: 9-12, adapted from The International Children’s Bible

In this scripture, Jesus is speaking to his disciples.  Jesus knows that he will soon be leaving them. They have been good friends to him, have spent time with him, learned from him, and listened to him.  They have learned about love by watching him. 

The love that Jesus talked about was not the kind of love that gives fancy gifts.  It was the kind of love that offers help: that feeds people who are hungry, gives water to those who are thirsty, that heals people, and comforts people who are in pain. Jesus taught his disciples, and taught us, that love is something you share;  love is something you do.  This kind of love is called Agape love : pronounced – “a-GAH-pay”  You show agape love when you help another person without expecting anything in return, except a good feeling inside. 

Your parents, both Moms and Dads, help you with all kinds of things, simply because they love you.  They make sure your family has food to eat, a safe place to live, and comfy beds to sleep in. They read to you,  play with you, and help you with homework.  They listen to your happy stories, your worries and your fears.  They care for you when you are ill, comfort you when you are sad, and welcome your new friends.  They want you to be safe.  They do all of this because they love you.  

Sunday is Mother’s Day. It can be a wonderful day to celebrate with your Mom, or Grandmother; with your Aunt or Stepmom. Some people have two Moms, and others  live with their grandmother or aunts.  Some people don’t have a Mom, but have a Dad who is both mother and father to them. All of them can be celebrated on Mother’s Day.  

Mother’s Day is also a day to celebrate our “other mothers:”: the people we can turn to when our mom’s aren’t there.  I had a bunch of “other mothers,” when I was growing up.   

My mother’s best friend Doris, lived around the corner. 

Our neighbor Peggy and our neighbor Mrs. Easterly

My caregivers:  Mrs. Butler and Mim

My stepmother Lee 

They were all people who cared about me and who I could trust.  They welcomed me whenever I came to their door; I knew that they cared about me and loved me. They would advise me when I made a bad decision or a mistake.  I knew I could turn to any of them for help or for answers to a question.  

Love helps us grow. As you grow, and become an adult, you may move away from where you live now. You might move far away, to Alaska or Japan or Australia. But wherever you go, and whatever you do, you will be connected to family and friends by the memories you’ve shared and by an invisible thread or string.  That invisible thread is love. I found this wonderful story and knew I had to share it with you:  I hope you enjoy The Invisible String.

We all need a LOT of mothering.  When we are growing up, and when we are grown, we need people who care about us.  Who are your “other mothers?”  Who do you turn to for help? Who are the people you love, and who love and care about you? Are they family, friends, teachers, caregivers, “other mothers” or “other dads”??   Draw a picture of yourself in the middle of this heart and write their names all around your picture.  Keep this as a reminder of the many people who love you and are connected to you by love’s invisible string.

May the week ahead be filled with many acts of love.

You are blessed to be a blessing.

~Peg Koller~