John Fallon lives in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts. He saw a unique opportunity in the middle of his community. In fact, John saw this opportunity in the middle of the street. It was an opportunity to respond to a problem that is present in almost every community. The problem of hunger is significant in our country and in our world.
On this Martin Luther King Day in which we remember the great civil rights leader, I thought about some of the great words he shared during his short lifetime. I could not help but think how we could lift ourselves up and place ourselves on a better path if we remembered and acted on more of his words.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
One of the places we visited was the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. This historic church was the first black church in Birmingham. In the early 1960s, the church was place where many civil rights meetings took place.
Each Wednesday morning, I lead Chapel time for the children at the Childcare Center in Edmond. During this time, we come together to sing songs, praise God, and learn stories from the Bible. This year we’ve started off with a series about the Fruits of the Spirit, beginning with the fruit of Love! The first morning, I asked the general question, “Who does God tell us we’re supposed to love?”
The Sermon On the Mount is found in the Gospel of Matthew. It is a powerful teaching on how to live a life of faith. Specifically, much of what is taught by Jesus in this powerful collection of wisdom is how our thoughts and our actions should reflect the nature of God. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches about a difficult but necessary action that we need to be reminded of, from time to time…
When my oldest granddaughter was about 8, she got angry with me about something (I don’t remember what it was), and yelled, “Nini, I hate you!” While my feelings were hurt and we had to visit about her behavior, my love for her never wavered. I really love my grandkids and would do anything good for them. They could break the most expensive item in my house, and while I’d be disappointed, I’d forgive them. If one of them was about to be hit by a truck, I’d jump in front of them without thinking twice. If we were starving and there wasn’t enough food for everyone to eat, my grandkids would eat first. You get the idea; there’s nothing they could ever do to stop me from loving them.
There are two wonderful things I enjoy. One is missions and the other is pizza. The only way for these two things to be better would be to combine them. Now, that would be great! In March of 2019, when the nationwide lockdown began, Ben Berman found a way to do just that.
It is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right.