Love and Forgiveness
by Nazgul William
“And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)
I miss being a kid, when I was being fed and clothed by my parents and older siblings and life seemed to be so satisfying. On the other hand, I am happy to be a grown-up. Our world needs grown-ups who can make a difference in other people’s lives.
I am happy to be serving at Brooks-Howell Home, a retirement home for United Methodist deaconesses and missionaries, where folks care for and love each other. It is so much easier to love and to be loved than to be each other's enemy. We love and admire the beauty of roses despite their thorns. Why not love other human beings the same way? After all, no one is perfect.
As John Wesley stated, we are always working towards perfection. Let’s all join together to bring peace and justice to this world by turning the other cheek, not by holding a gun or a sword. We all have a reason to be in this world, so we should seek God’s guidance at all times. We should find time to pray, and meditate--not only when we are sad but when we are happy. The mission of Christ Church United Methodist, where I worshiped in New York, is to seek to love God above all things, and our neighbors as ourselves.
For many Christians, the Lent season is simply a time to give up chocolate, cake, soda, and other luxuries. For some, it is a season of forgiveness, love, trust, and hope. I wish we could make the season last all year long.
There is so much chaos going on in our world. People are worried about their health, job, family, the environment, war, and hunger. The list of worries goes on and on. Some people wake up in the morning and try to make a difference in the world. They spend most of their time thinking how they can be helpful to others. And on the other hand, some people get up and see how they can create problems for other individuals.
That is the reason I wish that the holy season would remain throughout the year, so people would keep themselves humble and learn to forgive, love, and trust one another.
This world would be a much better place if we would not only respect each other’s differences but be tolerant and learn to live together. This reminds me of a quote from the Holy Bible: “So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20).
Jesus is a symbol of love. He was tortured and crucified but he forgave all. So let’s commit ourselves in this holy season to be good to ourselves and to others by forgiving, loving, and trusting each other.
To read more about Wesley’s radical idea of Christian perfection, read http://gbgm-umc.org/umw/wesley/action.stm
In April 2005, Nazgul William was commissioned as the first Pakistani deaconess in The United MethodistChurch. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, Ms. William earned her B.A. in History from the University of Punjab in Lahore. She also has an A.S. in Business Administration from GeorgiaPerimeterCollege in Atlanta, and a B.A. in International Studies from Marymoun Manhattan College in New York. She is currently serving as an executive assistant/resident trust at Brooks-Howell Home in Asheville, North Carolina.
Owned and governed by the Women’s Division, Global Ministries, The United Methodist Church, Brooks-Howell Home is open to retirees of the Women’s Division, and missionaries of the former National and World Divisions of the General Board of Global Ministries.
To read more about The Brooks-Howell Home, please visit http://www.gbgm-umc.org/brooks-howell-home/
If you would like to learn more about becoming a deaconess or home missioner and you are between the ages of 20 and 39, please consider attending the Young Adult Deaconess and Home Missioner Discernment Event from April 27 to 29, 2007, to be held at the Alma Matthews House in New York City.
For more information on the April event or regional discernment events, or to inquire about becoming a deaconess or home missioner, at any age, contact Becky Louter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-870-3850.
Date posted: Feb 23, 2007