How Are You Doing?

by Keris Dahlkamp

Categories: Youth Ministry

By Keris Dahlkamp

This morning as I woke up I must admit I did not feel great. I am concerned about this country and the increasing amount of hatred that is being proliferated across our televisions, radios, and on the Internet. My concerns also rest with those who may feel valued as less than others or afraid due to the messages they are hearing across the country. My foster son, a refugee from Somalia, a Muslim, a young black man; what is he thinking about what the United States stands for? Women, people who are gay, people who are undocumented, what are they thinking and feeling today?

We have a choice today and every day to choose love over hate. That is not always easy to do. When Peter denied Jesus just after His arrest, I imagine that Jesus must have felt alone. When we close off others and say that we do not know them, they feel pain, even if indirectly.

Jesus chose love. He asked Peter three times if Peter loved Him, and worked through His own pain for the benefit of another…

John 21:15-17
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?”
He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”

Do what you can today. Seek solitude and practice peace. Pray. Listen to someone who is hurting. Offer comfort. Be Christ’s love.