February: Spirit of Love
In order for us to be able to love, we need to have faith, because faith is love in action and love in action is service. In order for us to be able to love, we have to see and touch. Faith in action through prayer, faith in action through service: each is the same thing, the same love, the same compassion. – Mother Teresa, No Greater Love
Love is in the air! February has arrived… a month of hearts and candy and love. This month gives us the opportunity to reflect: take time to look around and notice how and where love is showing up in our lives. We can thank God in the midst of life’s messiness for the small moments of connection, laughter, generosity and caring. Our faith tradition teaches us that love makes up the very fabric of God, who creates all things including each one of us, and loves us so much more than we can ever imagine. Take a moment to feel God’s love for you in all the busyness, to be reaffirmed as lovable just as you are. You’re not loved because you’re so busy; you’re loved because you’re you.
Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to teach kids that expressions of love and friendship are extra special when they are gifts of kindness, time, respect, compassion and thoughtfulness. This month, we invite you to explore what love means to your family and to consider what it looks like to love God, yourself and your neighbors.
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God… Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. No one sees God; but if we love one another, God lives in us, and God’s love is perfected in us. (1 John 4:7-12)
1 . What does love look and feel like?
2. I experience God’s love when…
3. I share God’s love by…
4. How can you show that you love yourself?
5. How can you show love to your friends or a teacher at school? How can you show love to your coworkers and boss at work?
Family Activity: Love Chain
Cut pieces of paper into thin long sheets of paper (2’’ x 11’’). On each strip, write down the name of someone you love. Then tape the ends of the paper together to make a circle. Add the next piece of paper around the circle so the two circles link. Continue to do this until you can not think of any more people that you love. Then display your chain in your home so you can remember all the people you love every day.
We thank you for your love
and promise to be with us.
At school or work,
At rest or play,
Help us to feel near to you and hear your voice.
Guide us to always do our best in every situation
And to love one another. Amen.
Tricia Guerrero (right)
Director of Children and Youth Ministries
(310) 393-8258 ext. 104
Jamie Jones (left)
Children and Family Ministry Intern