Can God Be Seen?

A few days ago we honored all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. It's called Memorial Day. Here at Grace, we showed our honor by helping the city of New Franklin with its annual Memorial Day Parade. It was a blast. We had over 50 volunteers serving in some capacity. Some were making and serving pancakes (the free breakfast was a huge hit!), others were directing parade participants, some where passing out water, and several were helping with the overcrowded parking lot (what a great challenge to have!). On top of that were those involved in making and manning the Deep Sea Discovery parade float that was made to promote our summer activites (BTW - it won first place...awesome!) During the parade over a thousand invitations to attend VBXS.M.A.K and Operation Christmas Child were handed out in three different communities (that's because our float was in three parades...New Franklin, Canal Fulton, and Clinton). It was a great day! I am so proud of our volunteers and very grateful for the time and energy they gave.

Some might say the only reason Grace provided all the volunteers was so the church could have an opportunity to promote its summer activities; and although we did take that opportunity, that is not the main reason they gave of themselves. So, what was the reason? Why would over 50 people help the city of New Franklin pull off a parade that they would not even get to see (someone had to clean up)? The answer is found in 1 John 4:12. The aging apostle wrote, "No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us."

We served because we love God and our community. We know if we show our love by helping others, encouragaing others, and honoring other's sacrifices we become conduits of God's love for all people. Everyone knows we can't see God, but the Bible tells us God is revealed when His people let His love reach its "full expression in us." That was our goal. We wanted the people around us to experience a taste of God's love as we rubbed shoulders with them and helped them pull off the parade. We are living in a time when God is hard to see, but His love flowing through His people can bring Him clearly into sight.