Love Notes:  Reflections from the Heart

Psalm 105: 1-3

There must have been a mistake. Because when I opened the bag that contained my crispy taco supreme to–go from Taco Bell, there were two individually wrapped freshly baked chocolate chip cookies sitting on top of it in the sack. I hadn’t ordered them or paid for them, and didn’t realize that they were there until I had gotten back to the church to enjoy lunch at my desk. By that time, I figured that it was too late to call it to the attention of the person who had prepared my take-out. So I savored one of the tasty treats with my meal and left the other for later. They were delicious, and I will say that that random act of kindness, or mistake on the part of the food service worker, had made my day!

We are entering the liturgical season of Advent, the time of the church year when we await not only the coming of the baby in the manger on that blessed Christmas morning, but also when we prepare for the time when Christ will come again in glory. And as we wait for the divine random act of kindness made known to us in God’s amazing grace, let us savor the holy moment, knowing that it is never too late to call attention to the divine Word made flesh. Because the thing about grace is this: you don’t ask for it—it just comes!

The Reverend Nancy Oehler Love, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Pastor, Union Presbyterian Church, Fort Madison, Iowa; Montrose Presbyterian Church, Montrose, Iowa