Hello friends! Let's go ahead and say our rhyme with our message of love:
We come today
And we're here to stay
We're looking for love
In just the right way
For Jesus is clear
When we listen to hear
His love for us
Is oh so dear!
There is a story in scripture about a man named Lazarus that Jesus helps. He says, "unbind him and let him go". Lazarus was liberated that day. Our two words today are "Love" and "Liberates". To liberate is to set something free in a way that allows them to be as fully themselves as they were made by God to be. So these words come together to say "Love Liberates". We know we really are loving when people feel more free-not less free. Then they are able to love in great big ways as well. And that's good for the whole world.
Liberating is not as difficult as it sounds. We can tell someone what we appreciate about them, such as "You are so funny. Thank you for making me laugh" or "You are so nice to me. Thank you my friend for being so thoughtful."
With this encouragement, we love others into being even more funny or more nice than they already are because we told them how much we love their gifts.
God is love and love is God. These two words come together again as our closing prayer:
God is love.
Love is God.