“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 ESV)

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

God's Empire

 by Macy Johnson

“Let us consider how we may spur one another on

toward love and good deeds.”

(Hebrews 10:24 NIV)


My husband, Jeff, and I enjoyed Chimp Empire, a documentary series on Netflix. Filmed in the remote Ngogo rainforest of Uganda, this film recorded the daily lives of chimpanzee communities.


I was enthralled with the nurturing gestures displayed among the family groups of chimps. The most important sign of affection and acceptance was to groom each other. Those chimpanzees who were not groomed by another chimp were considered outcasts. One large community split into two when the oldest male chimp was challenged, and battles often ensued between the two factions.   


While my grandsons were visiting me during summer break, we attended a Magician/Ventriloquist’s show at the local library. The children sat on the floor in front of the stage and adults occupied the chairs behind them. I sat next to a young man and his little boy. The son cuddled close to his father, seemingly hiding from the other children. I leaned over and introduced myself, Carver, and Noah. The father and I talked for a few minutes and laughed together during the show. Later I felt the Holy Spirit thank me for reaching out to strangers to help them feel more welcomed.


My heart always goes out to someone traveling alone on the highway. My first thought is, “There is someone’s child.” I know the heart of God breaks, too, for His lost and hurting children.


We all need a community in which to belong, to care for, and be cared for. God created us to love each other as He loves us. When we show love, compassion, and kindness to others, we represent Him.


I will look for ways to reflect the love of Jesus to others in God’s empire today. I hope you will, too!

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