. . . everyone who loves the parent loves the child . . . I John 5:1b  (NRSV)

The phrase actually begins with ‘and’  so something important was said right before this – something important for us to read and contemplate . . . Here it is

“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and . . .  everyone who loves the parent loves the child.”

Belief and love have a lot to do with relationships don’t they?    I’m thinking about some of the current talk shows where the host brings people on who are questioning who is the father of the baby?  I’m  also remembering a book I read to my children and read to my grandchildren titled ‘Are you my mother?’

In the story the little bird falls out of the nest and goes wandering in the big world asking all the things it see’s ‘Are you my mother?’  Finally it is carried by some kind of construction truck back to it’s nest where it is reunited with it’s mother and siblings. 

Every time I read that story I think about how many people are spiritually lost in this world.  How they leave or fall out of the nest of family (and/or church family) too early in life. But like the prodigal son story, the churched family (and church) is always there and most have their arms stretched wide to embrace them and at least every Sunday, if not even more days,  in many churches, there is a celebration waiting to welcome them home.  

In the story, when the truck places the little bird back in the nest I think about the four friends who cut a hole into the roof of the temple so they could place their paralyzed friend back in the nest with his family and how he was healed, physically, emotionally and spiritually. 

People are looking for loving relationships in this world, but they often have no clue what they are looking for.   Sometimes people are confused about what love really is. There understanding of love is convoluted, they think it’s just about physical attraction.  

The truth in this world is – we are all in imperfect situations and relationships.  So some children are born and perhaps never know who their parents are.  BUT – AND  – the Truth about the Word of God is that Everyone, everyone has been given the right, through Jesus Christ to become a child of God.    You see,  Love is a deeper matter of the heart, mind and soul. 

DNA will never be able to prove that we are children of God – only the evidence in our hearts will ever be able to prove that.  If you have faith the size of a mustard seed in your heart you are a child of God and when you nurture that mustard seed – it will grow and you will be holding so many little birds in your heart and in your prayers.

The two most important commandments, Jesus said, are that we should love God (our Father) with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and that we should love our neighbors as ourselves.  Isn’t it wonderful to know that you can love yourself when you are a child of God?  Isn’t it wonderful to know that everyone who loves is born of God?    Let us love one another as God loves us, being patient with and bearing each others burdens.  Encouraging one another to live the life and do the good work that God has prepared in advance for us to do, serving one another using the gifts and skills he has given us.

Imagine what a beautiful, heavenly existence we can have on earth when we all believe in God, His Son and each other.. .