Sunday, May 5

Cultivating Caring Community: Compelled By Love

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35)

My younger sister, Emily, was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer at the age of twenty one. Watching someone you love go through something so physically and emotionally difficult at such a young age is heartbreaking.

However, I will never forget how beautiful it was to watch my parents care for my sister during that time. They embodied their Christian faith by being patient, selfless and protective. I remember feeling an overwhelming sense of security while watching them love my sister during those dark days: I thought, if I go through something similar I know that they will be there for me, too.

Genuine love is compelling to onlookers. For this reason, cultivating caring community is one of our core values at LifeSpring: Because both those who are being cared for and those who are watching that care are richly blessed. I carry with me a constant assurance that when I face trials this caring church family will love me through it, because I have observed you love others well time and time again.

Furthermore, our prayer is that our love for one another is compelling to those in our neighborhood. That they watch us and think, “Wow, those people really care well for each other—I wonder what that is all about.” May we continue to be a community that demonstrates discipleship not by how much we know or by how much we do, but by how much we care.

Question: Reflect on a time you observed someone caring well for someone else. What emotions did that evoke for you? What does the phrase “cultivating caring community” mean to you?


Elyse Aguirre