And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ… (Eph. 3:17)
You prophets, bold speakers of Spirit-truth, we need you. Your words make us brave. Brave enough to love well.
You servants, compassionate care-takers of the practical, we need you. Your hands and feet free us to listen. We hear the drum-beat of Spirit-love in your quiet footsteps.
You teachers, increasers of insight and understanding, we need you. Your stories help us grasp love with our hearts and open us to be grasped by Love.
You encouragers, you gentle walkers-beside, we need you. Your capacity to listen well helps us know that we are heard. Your words ring true in our hearts because we know we are loved.
You givers, free-flowing vessels of grace and provision, we need you. Your generosity lets love trickle into corners it couldn’t otherwise reach.
You leaders, influencers of mind and heart, we need you. Your voice points us in the right direction, helping us encounter Love for ourselves.
You mercy-givers, edge-sweeping holders of the broken, we need you. Your hearts bleed love and we notice. You see the ones the rest ignore, and we cannot escape it when you are around… you are covered in the aroma of Love.
We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. (Romans 12:6)
But our gifts are not to be hoarded. Not to be locked up inside of us.
Our gifts are for the body. For a desperately needy world. For the Giver.
Your gift is valuable. Indispensable.
It’s only together that we have power to know the width and length and height and breadth of Love.
A Love that changes everything.