Hey Team CareGivers (TCG Family and Friends)!
Today we go to El Dorado High School to give wristbands away that say “I am Loved. You are Loved”, and to take orders for t-shirts with the same message. It was a special time of giving away the bands yesterday at the Middle School. The staff and the students were so welcoming and accommodating. We felt well received. We enjoyed the kids and all the diverse responses. We tried to make it clear that the point of our presence was making sure that each student and staff member knew they were loved.
The various reactions and expressions from the students reminded me of the novelty of this age group. We heard words of appreciation and thanks from several students. One girl knew she was loved, “Because I have a boyfriend.” Another response to the most important point being, “You are loved”, was “Never”! I hope this student discovers that they are always loved, and not “never” loved.
I have noticed how people respond or react to God’s love. People I have encountered from different ages, different stages, different backgrounds, different circumstances, different countries, and different continents have some of the same basic responses to God’s love. Some receive His love, some reject His love, and some ignore His love. It’s kind of like the three responses to Paul’s message about the resurrection of Jesus as he spoke to the philosophers on Mars’s Hill in Athens, Greece—some mocked, some procrastinated, and some believed (Acts 17).
I have discovered that when God offers things to us freely, whether love, or forgiveness, or peace, or joy, or eternal life, the best thing is to receive it. Blessings!
Chaplain Wade Graber
After serving as a church pastor for over four decades, Wade is now the director of Graber Ministries and the corporate Chaplain for TCG Services. Wade’s caregiving ministries take him to co-worker’s desks, down the street to local businesses, online to share life with clients, around the US, and across the ocean for church planting (primarily in Liberia), and sharing his writings and songs about “The Mission of the Holy Spirit."