The Year of Love – 2020

By: Bob Garrett

From top-to-bottom and side-to-side, if we did not love one another with a deep and abiding love, we would have self-destructed long ago. Most of the valuable things in our community life have come through the front door of our Trinitarian love. Two aspects of this love are affection and benefit, and we encourage both in our community life together. We genuinely enjoy being around one an-other, and we genuinely enjoy doing nice things for one another.

May the Lord bless our love for Him and for one another!

As an ecumenical community, we have learned to love and respect one another’s differences to the degree that we have a long-standing agreement not to proselytize one another. In fact, we do just the opposite. Regardless of our church tradition or background, we have agreed to love those who do not share our back-ground and to assist them in anyway possible to become the very best Christians that they can be. Over time the result of this spiritual approach has been that we all have become much deeper, wiser, stronger, mature and loving Christians.

May the Lord bless our love for Him and for one another!

As iron sharpens iron (Proverbs 27:17), we love one another enough to want to bring out the best in one another. Most of the people I know have come to enjoy the sharpening process, even though it sometimes hurts a little bit – but that is usual-ly just our pride squawking! In fact, most of us have come to celebrate our differences as the source of some of our richest blessings. A loving dis-cussion about our “faith issues” is so much more rewarding than an ar-gument about “who is right” about something. We have learned that we actually need one another in order to be able to be complete in our own Christian formation.

May the Lord bless our love for Him and for one another!

The Elders are united in our love for you and in our hope that 2020 will be a year of love for us all, and a sea-son when we can love and serve one another even more than we have in the past. We want to thank you for be-ing, in our humble opinions, the most loving bunch of people we know of anywhere in the world.

May the Lord bless our love for Him and for one another!