October 27, 2021
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”
Recently, I spent an extra-long weekend with my childhood best friend and his wife. Although we text message almost on a weekly basis, we hadn’t seen one another in person for many, many years (way too long). He now lives in Austin, TX and is the chaplain of one of the hospitals in the city. During my time there, we spent a lot of time on his back porch talking, visiting downtown Austin, we went to a concert, and of course we had some Texas BBQ! It was a trip that was good for my soul. It was nice to relax, talk, and not have a schedule for a few days. Our
walks around downtown Austin caused us to have some conversations with some of the homeless and poor in the city.
One night, we were all out to dinner in a restaurant that had an outdoor balcony on the second floor. We ate, laughed, and took in the fresh Texas air that still had a touch of humidity. My friend ordered some kind of fish tacos (maybe he was missing good Delmarva seafood?). About halfway through his meal, he looked at me and his wife and said, “You know, I think I’m going to give the rest of this meal to that homeless man in the wheelchair outside of the restaurant.” So after the meal, he put a large fish taco and a couple scoops of rice into a to go box and off we went back into the streets of Austin. As we approached the man, my friend talked to him for a moment, gave him the food, and off we went to enjoy the rest of our evening. The man grinned from ear to ear as he was ready to enjoy a meal. I’ve been thinking about that experience a couple times since I’ve been home. It reminds me of John 15 where Jesus says, “love one another as I have loved you.” What my friend did was not hard but, yet, it was a powerful act of kindness that was wrapped in love. These are things you and I can do on a daily basis. We can show those random acts of kindness to others in order to bring a smile to their face and in order for them to experience the love of God; they can be reminded that they are not alone. So who can you call today? Who can you visit today? What stranger can become your friend?
I encourage you to love one another as Christ has loved you.