Pulpit Reflections by Rev. Ed Anderson The last two times I was called upon to write the "pastor's article" for the newspaper, I wrote about baseball. With spring training already starting in Florida and Arizona, and with the weather so cold here, it's tempting to use baseball as a theme again. But I made a promise to myself that I would look at something different this time, even though my heart is tugged toward the opening of the baseball season once again.
Our hearts are something that we tend to talk about this time of year. With the celebration of Valentine's Day, we are reminded that when we speak of the heart, we are speaking of love. As Christians, the Valentine's Day celebration reminds us to share that love with others. Our world tells us we can do this with greeting cards and flowers and boxes of candy. These are all well and good, but aren't there more significant ways which we can share God's love? Shouldn't we be sharing God's love every day, not just one day in the year?
So in honor of Valentine's Day this year, let's look for new ways to share God's love. You could donate food to the Food Pantry or donate good clothes to the Civic Council. You could volunteer a few hours on a Monday evening to help serve at The Welcome Table or visit some people at the care center.
You could donate those old eyeglasses to the Lion's Club or join one of the many service organizations in our community. You could volunteer to teach Sunday School in your congregation or help with Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts. The list is endless. I've just scratched the surface of how you could show God's love. You can come up with your own list.
I've lived in Vermillion for the past two years and find it to be a great community. It can become even greater if everyone who reads this takes the time to share God's love more than just one day a year. In honor of Valentine's Day this year, share God's love.