“Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.” - I John 4:7
When I contemplate the verse in First John above—about loving others—the former schoolteacher in me thinks of three kinds of sharing:
First, I think of sharing the joyful events that come our way...and sharing others' joy, too. When we love, we readily rejoice with each other over many things: the birth of a new baby, a longed-for goal achieved, and fervent prayers answered. It is a giving and a receiving, the beautiful blessing of loving God's way.
Second, if we're paying attention, we will see opportunities to lighten another person's burden. Even the smallest amount of practical help, offered at just the right time, can make a huge difference for someone who is overwhelmed, sick, or struggling in other ways.
Lastly, you and I both know that in a single moment, a heartbreaking disappointment or an unbearable grief may happen to someone in our family or circle of friends, or even outside our comfort zone--to a stranger in need. So, sharing our time, energy, and sympathy may go a long, long way toward helping that person endure (even survive) a heavy burden.
Over the years, I have often blogged about making a difference in this dark, sad, and hostile world, encouraging others to shine Light and Truth in their small corner. If each of us did that with a quality of sincere love for one another, our heavenly Father's characteristics would be made visible for all to see. What better way to put God's great love on display!
Many blessings for this new month of August and always,
I'm so honored to partner with my publisher and Christianbook.com with a BOGO (buy one, get one) presale offer for The Beginning, my upcoming novel. If you preorder it from Christianbook.com before September 6 in paperback, hardcover, or large print, you will also receive a FREE paperback copy of my novel, The Timepiece. (One per order, while supplies last. To clarify: the free copy of The Timepiece will be added automatically to your purchase order for The Beginning, even though you won’t see it in your cart or on your receipt.)
Currently, I'm happily writing my stand-alone novel for September 2022, and I cannot wait for you to meet sweet Ellie Hostetler and her Old Order Amish family. But before that happens, of course, I'm busily promoting the delightful characters in The Beginning: tender-hearted Susie Mast, Del, Obie, Britta, and our beloved Ella Mae Zook!
As a thank you to our wonderful Amish Cheer card customers, my sister-partner, Barbara, and I are giving away 2 FREE handcrafted cards with a minimum $20 purchase through August 15, pictured below. Our brand new "Hydrangea" card is perfect for any variety of occasions, and I'm thrilled to have my photography featured, as well as a special except from The Beginning on the back of the card. See all of our Amish-themed, handmade cards at: www.amishcheer.com.