While visiting BC, on one of our day trips I spotted what looked like a tiny little church sitting at the foot of the mountains.
I wasn’t sure if I would actually go to church while on this trip, but when we got lost and turned down one of the streets close to the hotel where we were staying, we discovered the Abbotsford Seventh-Day Adventist Church and that was the church we ended up going to.
I don’t have any photos of the Abbotsford Seventh-Day Adventist Church which we attended. It was a very multicultural church. The people were very welcoming and friendly and as a result we had about three different invitations to lunch. I truly apologize for not accepting the invitations to lunch, as we were almost at the end of our stay in BC, and I wanted to get back out and take in a bit more of the beautiful surroundings.
The message that day was about love and human kindness. It was about taking the time to not just tell someone that Jesus loves them, but it was about actually “showing” someone that love as Jesus would. The Pastor shared one of her experiences and how she became involved in a girls life, and in doing so a young girl’s life was saved. The girl had gone through so much and was at a place in her life where she felt that she could no longer go on. She apparently voiced what she wanted to kill herself on social media and a complete stranger dared to take the chance and reached out to her, showed her love and kindness, and that night a life was spared.
Many lives are waiting at the foot of the mountain…waiting to be showed love and kindness, not a worldly love filled with material things, but a love so pure that it would fill the emptiness inside that so many are feeling.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13: 34-35