From John Neal – John Knox Keiser
There was an old Hasidic rabbi, who said that he discovered the meaning to life while listening to two peasants arguing in a Polish tavern.
|Each was protesting how much he loved the other, when Ivan said to Peter, “Tell me what hurts me?” Peter looked at Ivan and said: “How can I know what hurts you?” Ivan’s answer was swift and very profound, “If you don’t know what hurts me, how can you say that you love me?” Yes, often that is precisely what real love is often about. I am very confident that our God knows what hurts us and that our real friends do also. When we are in the midst of suffering and pain, I am sure that God not only understands but is also very close offering us comfort and even help.
Sometimes there are people who ask me why we spend so much time in the worship service at JKPC sharing our joys and concerns. I believe that our reason for this part of the worship service is that it allows us to really model how we care about each other and about other people and events. “If you don’t know what hurts me then how can you say that you know me and love me?” I trust that you are praying not only for individuals.
I trust that you are praying for community-wide issues, national issues and even global issues. As JKPC moves closer to achieving our dreams, we need to be praying that we will have a vision for ministry that will match the wonders that happened in the past. I hope that recent national and wider issues make it clear how very important it is to stay connected. Hope to see you in worship.