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In his book, The
Power of Loving Your Church, David Hansen shows his readers Christ's
love in action in the church. One story especially touched me.
While ministering in Rural
Montana, David met a feisty 94-year old blind woman whose fierce independence
buffeted his early attempts to minister to her. She chopped her own wood,
cooked her own meals and wouldn't accept help from anyone, much less the
preacher. She would, however, allow him to drop by to give her the Lord's
For the longest time, he
couldn't convince her that people loved her. "Love isn't in the Bible,"
she said, "The Bible calls it charity, not love." He continued
to be faithful to minister to her on her terms.
With time, she began to allow
the church to bring meals by and even let the Pastor chop some wood for
her. Her cold exterior began to thaw. The church started helping her with
her bills and assisted her niece in cleaning up around the place. Pastor
David began chopping wood for her on a regular basis-it was his way of
showing Christ's love for one of His children.
Before her hundredth birthday,
she went into a local nursing home where she receives the care she needs.
Though Pastor David didn't need to chop wood for her anymore, he continued
to minister to her. In his book, he describes what happened after stopping
by the nursing home to give her communion one day.
"Upon rising to leave,
I stoop over and give her a hug. She reaches up and returns my embrace."
Before leaving, he tells her something powerful "'I have charity for
you, Kathryn," And she responds, "Well, that's nice, a person
needs a lot of that." (Hansen, 169-170)
Christ's love, excuse me,
charity can melt the hardest heart and heal the deepest hurts. Kathryn
was right, a person needs a lot of it.