A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.— John 13:34-35 New International Version (NIV)
When Al was hospitalized last month, we experienced this commandment in action. His roommate was an elderly Mennonite man. His wife stayed by his side day and night and his grown children and his young grandchildren came frequently to visit. The love of this family was tangible, it filled the room.
As we entered the room, we exchanged polite nods and greetings. Within a few minutes the daughter came and introduced herself, her nine month old child, and her mother (the man was too ill to speak). Immediately we formed a bond. Their concern for us was amazing. We prayed for each other’s families and encouraged one another. The mother told her other young children about us and they asked her to help them write a card for us. The card was lovely with hand written scriptural references. The following day we met the children who wrote the note. We continue to keep in touch keeping one another in prayer.
They truly lived the kind of love that Jesus commands of all us.