What is primary is what Abraham learned, and what Jesus said when asked what was the most important thing: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength – and secondly, you shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Love, loyalty and trust – this is what God offers us, and it’s what God wants from us in return.
Let us pray. ‘O God, I know that if I do not love thee with all my heart, with all my mind, with all my soul and with all my strength, I shall love something else with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. Grant that putting thee first in all my loving I may be liberated from all lesser loves and loyalties, and have thee as my first love, my chiefest good, and my final joy. Amen.’ ~ George Appleton, Oxford Book of Prayer” ~ from my sermon June 29, 2014