Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

July 27, 2013

A positive minute: L is for Love

By Dr. Michael Layne
Daily News

---- — John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

“Love is a many splendored thing”, and there’s an old song about finding love at the corner of Hollywood and Vine or, a really good co-dependent , dysfunctional country song; “Looking for love in all the wrong places.” Of course the list goes on and on.

I remember going to Vacation Bible School when I was a child. We would memorize Bible verses, play games, listen to the lessons and have Kool-Aid and cookies. I have never been able to get it out of my mind- the VBS at a church down the road from where we lived.

The church was on a water well system and the water had a high content of sulfur. The sulfur smell and taste penetrated the Kool-Aid powder and it was not easy to drink the stuff. I understand the church is still on water well with the same issue.

While my memory of learning scripture verses is a pleasant one, I also remember the really bad taste of the water. That is much the way everyday life is for all of us. We have both pleasant and unpleasant situations to arise.

Regardless of life’s situation, there is one constant for us and that is God really loves you! I know that questions arise like, “Why does God allow that happen?” There are any number of situations we all run into and we each must take our own responsibility for many of the outcomes.

If we don’t use good judgment in a decision, what happens? Of course, that depends on what the situation is, but we are pretty quick to blame God for something that many times is a result of our own decision making.

Even when we are quick to blame God for our misfortune, He still loves us. God wanted a family, so He created a world including the first humans, Adam and Eve. When they disobeyed His direct command to them, it began the process of a broken relationship between God and humans.

Move forward several centuries and we see that God still wanted a family, so He sent His Son Jesus to this world. After about three and a half years of ministry, Jesus dies for us. He gave His life so that we may have eternal life. Regardless of your church affiliation, the John 3:16 passage from the Holy Bible is relevant for all of us.

Do you know that God really loves you? Yes, He does and if you have never had a relationship with Him, it really isn’t difficult to begin one. After all, He still wants to grow His family and He invites you to this family. Though not perfect, the family of God strives for a continuing relationship with God and as a member of this family, I invite you to accept the offer to become a Christian and discover the new life He has for you.

The Most Rev. Michael Layne is a Bishop in the Lutheran Orthodox Church and can be reached at 812-614-2160 or,