Moreover, the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, so that you will love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, in order that you may live. (Deuteronomy 30:6 NRSV)

When Richard Nixon ran for President in 1968, the Vietnam War was at its height. One of Nixon's TV commercials showed a photo of an American soldier in Vietnam with the word "Love" written on his helmet. The image bothered Harry Treleavan, one of Nixon's media men. "They don't think it's the sort of thing soldiers should be writing on their helmets."

About a week later, however, a letter arrived from the mother of the soldier. She said how thrilled she was to see the photo of her son in Nixon's TV commercial. She wondered if she could obtain a copy of the photo. The letter was signed "Mrs. William Love."

That's an interesting story. The soldier was not making a statement about his feelings at all. He was simply putting his name, Love, on his helmet.

The question for us today is: do people know who we are? When people observe us do they see Christ's love shining through us? Do they see our Love? No, we shouldn't have to write it on our foreheads, but people should be able to see Christ working through us.


God of all, help me to love as you have loved me. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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