Gifts of Love


Living in Christian community sometimes means doing for others even when they can do for themselves. Our small acts can make a huge difference to the people around us.

“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:1–2 (niv)

My husband and I are both tea drinkers. I fuel my writing work with pot after pot of Irish Breakfast or English Teatime with some Darjeeling or Good Earth to keep things interesting. Ted chases down supper with a big mug of iced tea. plain old Lipton is his preference, and we brew up a pitcher every day or two to keep in the fridge.

In the morning, when I’m blinking owlishly, trying to figure out what day it is, Ted brews a pot of morning tea and brings a mug of steamy heaven to me. And when I notice the pitcher in the fridge is close to empty, I brew another batch of iced tea for him.

Now logic would say that it would be just as easy for Ted to brew the iced tea for himself, and for me to make the hot tea for myself. Both tasks take about the same amount of time.But by doing it for each other, the tea means more. It becomes a gift of love.

Thinking about that phenomenon made me wonder about other places in my life where I could apply that concept. Living in Christian community means sometimes doing something for others even when they could do it for themselves. Community also means accepting gifts of love even when I could have managed on my own. It’s interdependence. It’s a choice to look out for the needs of another.

FAITH STEP: Can you think of someone in your life who could use some Orange Pekoe with a little lemon and sugar? Maybe they don’t look like they need it, but offer it anyway. Our small acts of love can make a huge difference to the people around us.

Written by Sharon Hinck

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