By: Janet Henry
E-MAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
BIBLE TEXT: 1 Peter 4:8- “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.”
PERSONAL REFLECTION: My eyes have seen some amazing transformations among children these last two missions trips to Romania and Miami, Florida. Even though they were both in vastly different locations there was one huge commonality. In both locations these children were orphans. They had been hurt by the very people that should have loved and cared for them. The hurt and abandonment these children face is deep in their souls. The transformations took place when we showed the love of Christ to these kids. We showed them Christ when we loved them with the very love He shows and gives us abundantly. Even when these kids were at their worst behavior, we loved. Even when they told us to our faces they wanted nothing to do with us, we loved. Love transformed these kids. Love says to these kids, that no matter what, we love you as Christ loves you. So, this is not just any kind of love. This love is the story of Christ which is the greatest love story ever lived out. Christ loved us and sacrificed himself for us when we were still sinners (Romans 5:8). This love from Christ not only transformed these children, it transformed me. I am no longer who I used to be because of the love Christ shows me every day since I gave my life to Him.
PRAYER: Lord, Thank you for loving us unconditionally and sacrificially. Help us to love the people in our lives that are hard to love. May we be able to show them the same kind of love you show us daily. May they be transformed so relationships can be renewed and restored. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Janet is the wife of 12 years to Justin and a mother to Kaitlynn, Nathaniel, and Faith. Janet loves to scrapbook and cook in my “free” time. Justin and she also love leading mission teams all over the world. Life Assembly is their home and they have been attending since 2006. Janet is the parent liaison for Buddy Break Respite program. She works with the Women of Life and also leads a women’s bible study on Thursday mornings at church and sings on the praise team.