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Glimpses of Grace

How do we love like Jesus? A reflection and an invitation ...

In Glimpses of Grace

By Dorothy Horne
Jan. 29, 2016 at 1:51 p.m.
Updated Jan. 29, 2016 at 1:51 p.m.


Jesus said, “Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I have loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples — when they see the love you have for each other” (John 13:34,35  The Message).

We may tell people we love them, but do we love them like Jesus loves us? This was the question our guest minister, the Rev. Dan Gardinier, posed to our congregation on Sunday. He said, “We cannot say we love someone and mean it until we know where that person hurts."

This was an epiphany to me — I had never thought about love that way. It made sense.

Loving like Jesus means we must be willing to risk going deeper than casual conversation — to be vulnerable and share our stories and our brokenness with each other. It is of particular importance in our communities of faith where we worship together and are the Body of Christ together — the place where we strive to become family and  love and accept each other in the midst of our flaws.

Are we willing to enter each other’s lives and love each other in our messiness? And we are all messy, make no mistake — Christ-followers are no exception. We all need to work on going deeper and being willing to love like Jesus did.

Are we, as the Body of Christ, willing to become broken together so that we may enter each other’s story?

If so, that is where we will meet Jesus. 

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The timing of this sermon was serendipitous—a "God thing" to me because it just happened to reflect the theme of the Women’s Retreat (Feb. 5 – 7) at Gilmont Camp and Conference Center in Gilmer, TX.

Author and counselor Sonya Reeder, (who co-authored the book,“Listening In: Building Faith and Friendships through Conversations That Matter," winner of the "2015 Readers' Choice Award" from InterVarsity Press) will guide us on how to “listen well” and "go deeper” with others and have conversations that matter. We will also discuss the importance of sharing our stories and I will lead a segment on journaling our stories.

As we explore our individual stories, we pray we will discover how they come to life and fit into God’s ultimate story of love and redemption. We pray God will equip us through our sharing and learning to have conversations that matter to love one another as Jesus loved us.

There will also be times of quiet reflection along with plenty of fellowship and fun as we build community and grow together in Christ. You are invited to bring a group from your church and share a cabin, or sign up as an individual and come ready to make some new friends! We hope you will join us for this weekend of renewal and growth to begin the New Year!  

For more information call 903.797.6400 or go to http://www.gilmont.org/womens-retreat.html.

The Cross at Gilmont


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