Take tender care of those who are weak; and be patient with one another. 1 Thess. 5:14b TLB

I steered my grocery cart out of the way as two giggling little girls came running through the store. Suddenly the youngest -- probably abour 3 years old -- stumbled and fell, dissolving into tears. The older girl helped her up, gave her a hug, then took her hand as they proceeded on their way. My eyes clouded over at the tender scene. They must have been sisters, I thought. The love was so obvious.

In Hebrews 10:24 the writer to the Hebrews writes to a group of Christians who were faced with so much opposition that they were in danger of abandoning their faith. "Let's outdo each other in being helpful and kind to each other," he wrote. He knew the importance of unity -- of being a loving family that takes care of each other.

The church at Thessalonia also faced opposition. Paul, writing to them, also realized the importance of being a loving, supportive family of Christ.

What a wonderful example the little girl in the grocery store was for Christians everywhere to be sisters and brother to each other.

Lord, teach us to love one another as you first loved us. Amen.

By Madeline, Nebraska