Posé: A pause or rest stop along the Voyageurs' portage trail. Usually about ½ mile apart. We invite you to take a pause in your day to reflect, ponder, and pray with us. 

Dear friends, let us love one another for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that God loved us and sent his son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, Since God so loved us we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4: 7-11

God is love and God loves us. This is the message I wanted to make sure my campers understood last year as I was a camp counselor. I read this passage to my campers before they left at the end of each week. This passage is so important because of the insight it gives us into who/what God is, and how we should react to that aspect of God.

God is love and God loves us. Pretty straightforward right? Not exactly... but it makes sense. If you asked me to describe or define or explain love, I would have a hard time capturing what it means. Similarly, if I was asked to describe God I would have a hard time capturing what God's indescribable majesty. The best I can do in both situations is say "It is hard to describe but you know it when you feel it." Although the idea of God concept of love are hard to describe, great comfort and strength can be found in knowing that by nature, God is love.

God is love and God loves us; so we too ought to love one another. The call to love each other acts as bookends for this particular passage. This is how we, as Christians are called to act in response to God's love. This is the secondary message I hoped my campers would be able to pick out. It is a message I challenge you to think about. Over this next week, how can you love others? One act of love that brings me life, and I recommend, is the act of forgiving others.

God is Love, God loves us, so we shall love others. Amen


Matt Ouren

Gustavus Adolphus College

VLM 2016 Summer Staff