“And He (Jesus) said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 27:37-40)
Yesterday was a day of the Holy invites into people's lives that comes when you enter into loving God and loving your neighbor. I started it out with my morning hour and a half in prayer and Scriptures meditating and writing my morning reflection blog. I also spent time in prayer over a good friend who was having a medical procedure. Loving God and accepting His invitation into my life.
Afterwards, I then went to “my office”, the Waffle House. There I spent time talking to a person who shared with me they just found out their spouse has been having a long affair with another person and they were heartbroken. I also talked to a person who had cancer their PET scan in their words, “lit up light a Christmas tree” yesterday when they went for a follow up treatment the day before and was dealing with all the realities, emotions, and thoughts of the treatments choices he now is forced to make.
A little after that I received a phone call from a person I recently met who wanted to have lunch with me. I went not knowing what to expect and I was blindsided by a gift of grace. This person wanted to share with me insights he has come across from years in the Word and I spent two hours being blessed listening to the Scriptures coming alive in the life and enthusiasm of this person.
I left there and joined met with a person who is dealing with Alcoholism and its effect on them and their family. We went to am alcohol and drug treatment center I suggested they go into and sat in with them as they went through the intake interview. While there I saw a person who was a heroin addict that I helped and encouraged to go to the treatment facility 4 years ago. He went through a 12 month residence program. Yesterday when I saw him he told me this was his second time back to the facility since he graduated the 12 months program and his struggles and breaking the grip this addiction had on their life.
While with the person at the drug rehab I can texts and calls from a family who’s grandmother was in the hospital and was dying. I left the rehab and drove to the hospital. The grandmother passed, she was a woman I knew who always had a beautiful smile and was full of grace. I spent time sitting with and being present with the family.
I left there and went straight to a birthday party for a friend I was invited to attend. I got their almost two hours late, and transitioned from being present with a family mourning the death of a loved one, to a family celebrating the life of a loved one. I left the party and went home and caught up with the day of my family and shared mine.
My family, I do not know what your day will bring, however I pray you will be attuned to and ask the Holy Spirit to make you aware of the Holy invites into the lives of those you will encounter today. You as well are called today to love God and love your neighbor, In Jesus’ name. Please pray the same for me. God bless you my friends!
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Gary Liederbach- Lead Follower
One Direction Community
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