Faith, Hope and Love for the World
Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world!
Red and yellow, brown, black or white
All are precious in God’s sight
Jesus loves the children of the world!
We sing this song with children in our church schools and vacation Bible school programs, but guess what? The message of this song also includes grown-ups—and this means you!
As United Methodist Women members, we speak of faith, hope and love in action. Let’s use those three words to help ourselves as well as others transform into great witnesses of God’s goodness, grace and mercy.
On the personal level, God is the author of our faith, our abundant hope and loving Parent. When you are feeling left out or alone, know that your God-given faith—even if it seems small as a mustard seed—will carry you through lonely passages. Faith will see you through when you don’t think you can take one more step. The God we serve offers hope for a better future to all—and that includes you! As we reach out to love our neighbor, to be our sister’s keeper, God’s loving Spirit expands within us! And love is powerful! Love can heal wounded hearts. Love is kind and patient. Love can make a way when there’s no way!
When you get tried on this journey—and we all do at some point— remember you are made wonderfully in the image of God who not only loves, but Is Love.
On a corporate level, United Methodist Women is a sisterhood of women journeying together and being transformed, day by day, to reflect such a God. Bonded together, we are a strong, powerful, mighty sisterhood of grace that can be the supportive community we need for our life journey and a powerful force for justice.
In February we can use our power to bring attention to the crime of human trafficking, and in doing so, help stop it. The National Football League’s 2014 Super Bowl, this year at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., is a large audience to make aware of the existence of trafficking in persons for labor and sexual exploitation. We can take action to help uncover this modern-day slavery.
- Host a forum on human trafficking. Call the United Methodist Women Washington Office of Public Policy (202-488-5660) to identify a program facilitator. Invite local law enforcement agencies, friends and other faith-based and humanitarian groups.
- Watch for signs of trafficking. Report possible trafficking to local authorities and the U.S. Department of Justice 1-888-428-7581.
United Methodist Women, we are a community filled with hope and so much love in our hearts for women, children and youth—and for one another. Let’s make 2014 a banner year in sharing this love.
Looking forward to seeing you in Louisville, Ky., at Assembly 2014, April 25- 27!
YVETTE KIM RICHARDS
United Methodist Women