Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. (Romans 12:10-13 NLT)
They welcome with open arms, genuine hugs and joy filled faces. They offer themselves in service, willingly, gladly, and sacrificially. They offer their belongings, the ones God placed in their stewardship. They don’t hoard a thing, not a favorite, not the special, it’s a “what’s mine is yours” mentality. And they don’t dictate how or when it should be used. They give freely and they give generously. The Lord loves a cheerful giver. Not only do they open up their home, their schedules, and their service, they open up their hearts. They share their thoughts, their life, their laughter. Laughter really is good medicine. There is no way one could not feel comfortable and welcomed by them. You know they want you here, they love you, you see it in their actions. They love you at your best and your worst moments. They love you enough to forgive you too. This kind of love is super natural. It comes from Jesus, it’s His Spirit. But love is not always easy and we are always given a choice. They said “yes” though. They obediently accepted the call and opportunity to love someone. And His Name is lifted high. What a gift they have given us. These times we will never forget. A treasured memory that our family will dearly hold forever. I can not express enough thanks to these who have loved us so sweetly as Christ loves. We will move, I think, 😉 and quite frankly it will be very sad to go. But that is also part of His gift if you consider the alternative. We will miss the mornings eating breakfast and riding together to school. We will miss cooking dinner side by side and late evenings deserts. We will miss the joint efforts and extra hands. We will miss the cook outs and movie nights. We will surely miss the midweek date nights, girls nights, every night! We will miss the talks and the laughs we’ve been privileged to share so abundantly. We will miss YOU! Thank you for all you have done. Thank you for being willing vessels, ministering to other members of the Body of Christ. You have blessed us with grace and I am overwhelmed by His love.
Our great desire is that you will keep on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true. (Hebrews 6:11 NLT)
We love you all! Thank you!