Published February 27, 2018 by SMBC

By Jeanette Stokes
GOD IS LOVE. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in Him. 1 John 4:16b
As a four year old in the "Sunbeam Choir", I remember loudly belting out the words to my favorite childhood hymn, "Praise Him, praise Him, all ye little children, God is Love, God is Love". I recall memorizing my first Bible verse which tells us emphatically that "God is Love" (1 John 4:8). These early lessons have stayed with me. Now, many years later as a senior adult at South Main, I continue to view our Heavenly Father as a God who loves us unconditionally and who wants us to love Him and to love one another. Love isn't just an attribute of God, it's His very nature.

The word "love" may be a noun, but I also view it as an "action word". Through many years of involvement with South Main's Sojourn House Ministry to patients in the medical center, I've seen and felt God's love in the many ways that our volunteers minister to the residents who are often going through a devastating illness. There are so many of these wonderful "Love Stories" to tell if only this space would permit! God is Love. I find God abiding within the walls of our Sojourn House Apartments.