By: Brittany Fiscus
Colossians 3. 12-17
Reflection—v. 14, ‘Love’
I do not know that I have ever experienced ‘perfect harmony’ at Mercy, but I have experienced what it feels like to be loved. Maybe for the first time in my life, I feel like I am a part of a community where no matter what I do, I will still be loved. When we tell each other ‘hey, I love you,’ it is not the superficial I-love-you-because-of-all-good-qualities-you-have love. Instead, I have experienced something more akin to relationships-are-complicated-and-neither-of-us-is-perfect-but-that-doesn’t-change-the-fact-that-I-love-you love. Love, despite our faults. Love, despite our complications. Love, despite the fact that it is hard to be in community with other people. But that is what love is; it is what we are clothed in even after all the ‘despites.’ We still love each other, and that is exactly what binds us together in perfect harmony. Not perfect in the sense that we do not have faults, but perfect in the sense that it is right and good. Our love is what binds our community together in God’s perfect harmony.
Prayer God, fill us with the kind of love that only you can offer, and help us to see in each other and love in each other what you see and love in each of us.