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“Christ has no body now but yours,
no hands, no feet on earth but yours,
yours are the eyes through which he looks
with compassion on this world.
Yours are the feet with which
he walks to do good.
Yours are the hands with which
he blesses all the world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.”

Teresa of Ávila (1515–1582)

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But if a person has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need and that person doesn’t care—how can the love of God remain in him?

Little children, let’s not love with words or speech but with action and truth. This is how we will know that we belong to the truth and reassure our hearts in God’s presence.

1 John 3:17-19

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Let us not only talk about love, let us put love into action.

Nature has seasons, and the church has seasons. Let this be our season to put God’s love into action. Good intentions mean nothing unless they come to fruition in what we do.

When we help people in need, it benefits them and bolsters our hearts. I have enjoyed volunteering at events for worthwhile organizations. It has been a way to make friends, support good causes, and put my good intentions into action. One of my volunteer experiences was helping children of families who were made homeless by Hurricane Katrina. It was hot, exhausting work, but I still treasure knowing I made a difference by “being Jesus” to those in need.

It doesn’t take a tragedy or a disaster, though, to put our faith into action. Look around you! Let us start a new season of putting love into action and making a difference.

Gail Jackins

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Pray

Loving God, thank you for your immeasurable love. I love you, God. Help me put that love into action. Help me make a difference in people’s lives, for your glory, starting today. Amen.

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Let’s put our love into action.

“They’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love. Yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.”

Peter Scholtes, “They’ll Know We Are Christians,” 1966

Gail Jackins

Gail Jackins grew up in northern Maine, so her friends refer to her as a Mainiac. She has a B.S. from the University of Maine at Orono and an M.Ed from Boston College. She is a lifelong Episcopalian who enjoys PBS, knitting, Jello, and children. Her favorite songs are from the era of Gershwin, Porter, and Berlin, yet she loves to listen to organ concerts at churches. She is a minister at St. Cuthbert's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas.

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