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Like the prodigal son we think that true life is out there somewhere. We seem to think that others are living more exciting and meaningful lives. We think that if we are not checking the things off our bucket list, then we will be disappointed at the end.
It seems that the two things most people have regrets about, if they do, is letting fear keep them from risking more and, most importantly, neglecting to spend the time it takes to love those whom God has given them.
Jesus makes it clear that he will have neither of these regrets. Jesus knew that the hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the End. (John 13:1)
Jesus risked living by love all the way to a cross and poured his love into those whom God had given to him. It is one thing to claim to love everyone in general and another to risk pouring your life into a few – with all of their wonder and all of their blemishes.
Jesus then gives his beloved followers one primary instruction. Love one another as I have loved you.
Jim Cowal pens these simple, but true, lyrics
When it’s all been said and done
All my treasures will mean nothing
Only what I’ve done
For love’s reward
Will stand the test of time.
Reverend Tom Telfer, Kilchrenan and Dalavich l/w Muckairn