John 13:34-35 (NRSV)

34 I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”   

1 John 4:11 (NRSV)

11 Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.   

DEVOTION – Jason Ponzio (Georgia)

I remember one year at Cub Scout summer camp we had a boy who wanted to go home.  We were only one day into the week-long camp, but this was his first time away from home.  He missed his parents and was trying to call them.  With the help of camp staff and some older scouts, we managed to convince him to stay at least until Wednesday evening.  The older scouts worked really hard to include him in every activity.  By Wednesday he had forgotten all about going home.

At first this boy had no desire to be at camp.  but the love, care, and outreach of the other scouts and adult leaders won him over.

God’s love for us is like what that boy experienced.  God loved us even before we were born.  Because of that love we come to know what love is and learn how to share it with all God’s people.  After all, since God loves everyone how can we not try to do the same?

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God’s love is abundant – and enough for us all.

PRAYER: Dear God, we thank you for your love.  Help us try to love others as you love them.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: YOUNG PEOPLE PLANNING TO GO TO CAMP

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