(By Rev. Tim Schwartz) — As we turn the calendar to February this year, there is an interesting occurrence that prompts me to think we should pray silently as we enter the season of Lent. In 2018, Ash Wednesday falls on the same day as Valentine’s Day, which, of course, makes us think of love. As we order flowers, send cards, buy chocolates and pay for singing telegrams, we can say a prayer of thanks for our spouses, wives, husbands and family members that complete our lives.
Might we also be moved by remembering Jesus' temptation, trials and his journey to Golgotha, where He became the greatest gift of love for all people. Might we pray that the Holy Spirit would open our hearts to be examples of sacrificial love to those without houses, food, clothing, healthcare, transportation and family, just to name a few needs. May that Agape love be an example of God’s presence in our lives everyday! As the scriptures say, “My commandment is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:12-13 (NIV).
“My commandment is this: