Tuesday after Holy Trinity

Updated: Jun 10, 2020

Text: 1 John 4:7-21

Prayer Pointers:

For knowledge of God’s love

For the gifts of the Holy Spirit

For recent graduates

From where does love come? What is its source? Like so many half-truths and lies we tell ourselves these days, we believe that love originates within ourselves, that love springs from our own natural interior selves.

But that is not particularly true.

Within us is the capacity to love, an ability placed there by the Creator who has shaped us in his own image. So, the first thing we have to say about love is that since we are dependent on God for life and existence, even our capacity to love is a gift.

Moreover, we must be taught how to love rightly. The child, with the God-given capacity for love, reaches out in trust, in faith, expecting that someone will answer when he or she calls (notice that trust precedes love…). From the moment that the parent answers, responds, provides, the child learns how love functions. From that moment on, the child asks “what is this? Should I love it? How?”

Lastly, since God is the source of love, we must go to God for the resources to love well. As John points out, we love because God first loved us. If you have ever stood before a city fountain and marveled at the water shooting forth from a jet or overflowing into a basin, do not assume that the water has always been there. It must come from source, from a place that does not exhaust its supply. In the same way, the love we express in the world must originate in the Source.

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.