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“…and I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints…”

[Ephesians 3:17-18]

My mind drifted back this morning remembering Germany and being in Frankfurt when the wall in Berlin came down.  There on a mission trip I experienced the ecstatic joy that was released when East Berlin was given freedom.   I recall going out onto the streets with throngs of people all rejoicing at the destruction of a stronghold that had separated loved one’s from each other, generation from generation, split the nation in two and caused untold suffering.

We pressed and searched through the crowds to find a restaurant.  Everywhere the music was loud and the joy irrepressible!   Suddenly the locals called to us—come sit with us and share our table, a rather small one barely big enough for themselves but there were extra chairs and everyone moved back to allow room for the Americans.

Sitting there my mind went back to the bombs that filled my early childhood—the constant call to alertness of the air-raid sirens and I was thankful.  Thankful to God for grace that covers and grace that brings the freedom to care, to love and to join a one-time enemy in such rejoicing.

Our conversation had just begun when our newfound friends said, “You Americans always begin your conversation with—what do you DO? We will not ask or answer any such question. We want to know WHO YOU ARE!”

Words that echoed all the way back to the time of Jesus Christ when He said—“Who do men say that I am…” not what have I done or what do I do but “Who do men say that I am…”  [Matthew 16:13b]

Do you know who you are?  Do you know the reality of Calvary love? Do you understand the uniqueness of God’s love that is revealed through the uniqueness of the Cross and of being you?    Not a copy, not an imitation—but the new creation that is uniquely designed for such a time as this!

Diane Hale
For the past 30 years, Diane has served as evangelist, trainer, teacher, mentor, and consultant for churches of many denominations.
http://dianehale.net/

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