February 14 is suppose to be all about love. But, what is love? Many would say it is a feeling; however, feelings come and go — shouldn’t “love” be more than that? True love is more than a feeling; it’s a commitment, an action, a verb. The Bible tells us that “God is love” (1 John 4:8); not just “has love” but literally IS LOVE. I ran across a comment: “But once love is disconnected from God and His Word, it falls short” (Jews for Jesus Newsletter, February 2017). I would agree with that.

To really know and experience (and in response be able to give) love, one has to be in a relationship with God. “We love because God first loved us” (1 John 4:19). And this love, which comes because Jesus died for our sins to make us God’s children, transforms us so that we care and love others. It motivates us to be focused on helping those who need help. That’s what our building accessibility project is all about, to make our church building and with it our ministries especially Word and Sacrament available to everyone who wants to come and hear about Jesus. We have started our capital campaign to raise awareness and funds for this accessibility project. We are working with LCEF (Lutheran Church Extension Fund) and specifically with Pastor Bob Riggert from Manning (who was one of our Iowa District West executives) for this campaign with the theme “BY GRACE… Access for ALL!” You’ll find the “case statement” for our campaign on page 6.

True love gives of time, energy and other resources because of what God has done for us through Jesus to make us God’s people. As His people, we gather around His presence among us in Word and Sacrament. So I pray to see you in Divine Service,