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photo: Martha G. Brady

photo: Martha G. Brady

 

Love is a verb
It ain’t a thing
It’s not something you own
It’s not something you scream
When you show me love
I don’t need your words
Yeah love ain’t a thing
Love is a verb
Love ain’t a thing
Love is a verb
Love ain’t a crutch
It ain’t an excuse
No you can’t get through love
On just a pile of IOUS

Love ain’t a drug
Despite what you’ve heard
Yeah love ain’t a thing

Love is a verb
Love ain’t a thing
Love is a verb
So you gotta show, show, show me
Show, show, show me
Show, show, show me
That love is a verb

Yeah you gotta show, show, show me
Show, show, show me
Show, show, show me
That love is a verb
Love ain’t a thing
Love is a verb

by John Mayer

Yes, I know this isn’t a hymn. But it has a perspective that we need to hear…and think about.

How often do we Christians think of “witnessing” as telling people a certain set of facts? In the end, they do need the information, but first, we want to have a hearing. We want to be speaking the same language.

To speak the same language, this is often what we need to do. In some ways, it is simple. In others, it is profound and often costly.

They need to see love in action…not just hear about it. The older I get, the worse I think I am at this.

I am tired. I am weak. Now, I live in a new place and I don’t know people like I did. Starting over from scratch is hard. I’m not saying that for sympathy. I don’t need sympathy. I’m just stating a fact.

I’m in a good community for starting over, but it still isn’t easy to not have long term friends to run into in the store. I miss that.

But I need to get with it and realize my comfort is not the important thing. I need to wake up and get relating…with all kinds of people.

As I watched the video, I kept expecting to see someone stuck in the snow on the side of the road for them to stop and help dig out. Now THAT would have made it perfect! 🙂

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