But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 3:18 NRSV)
A group of war refugees was planning to escape over a rough and devious route. The leaders hesitated about taking a mother and her little girl because they feared the girl would not be strong enough to make the journey. They finally decided that the men in the group would take turns carrying the child.
The refugees had walked for three days when the terrain became more difficult. One old man became weary and unable to keep up. He begged the others to go on without him and let him die.
The group grudgingly agreed and started out again. But the mother ran back and placed her child in the old man's arms. "You can't quit," she said. "It's your turn to carry my little girl."
She left with the others, but looking back, saw the old man walking determinedly after them with the little girl in his arms.
As we exercise self-giving love for others, we grow more like Christ.
Loving God, show me the way to give away my love, so that I may grow closer to you. Amen.
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