Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. (John 13:34 NRSV)

Here is a Mom who had a most revealing experience on her birthday. Her two children ordered her to stay in bed. She lay there looking forward to being brought her breakfast, as the inviting smell of bacon floated up from the kitchen. At last the children called her downstairs. She found them sitting at the table, each with a large plate of bacon and eggs. "As a birthday surprise," one explained, "We've cooked our own breakfast."

That says bundles, doesn't it? Who in this world does more for us than our Mom? And who is taken for granted more than our Mom? We are called to love and honor our mothers just like everyone else.

Our text for the day comes while Jesus is looking to the cross. There he will glorify God by his perfect obedience to God's plan. Now he is calling his disciples to perfect obedience as well. What is this perfect obedience to which he calls them? Jesus said, "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

Lord Jesus, help me to slow down and appreciate my loved ones. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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