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Monthly Motto March

“Be the voice of the truth”

Bible: 1 John 3,18

“Let us not love with words nor with tongues, but with deeds and with truth.”

Impulse

Was something ever on your mind and you did not know how to tell the other? To tell the truth without hurting or shaming my counterpart can sometimes be a real tightrope walk. Then it may be good to keep telling yourself that “truth” and “love” belong together. Truth without love is cold and hurtful, love without truth is not sincere. This is also a basic message of the gospel. It depends on the attitude: when we start to take the other person seriously and meet him sincerely and lovingly, then we as a community can also create a new and better reality in which love and truth have their place and where every human being can grow. Then, we may also learn what the Bible elsewhere says, “The truth will set you free.” (John 8: 32) Then we can constructively address the “great” truths, such as pressing social injustices or ecological problems.  If this is not a good intention for the preperation for Easter: give the truth a voice – but in love!

Jakob Ohm

YouTube Video “Voz de la Verdad” by GenVerde

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Monthly Motto February’ 19

„Break the chain!“

Holy Scripture: John 4, 16-18

„We have recognized and faithfully accepted the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever stays in love stays in God and God stays in him. … Fear does not exist in love, but perfect love dispels fear.“

Impulse:
Freedom – what a big word! Many people say freedom is the most important thing in life. But what does it really mean to be “free”? I think it means more than just doing and letting what you want. It also means more than having as much free time – as tempting as that may be. Maybe we have to first recognize what makes us unfree: if I see my neighbor as a rival or as a threat, then that binds me like a chain. So we are invited to change our view of the Other and do and wish him good. This will dissolve the inner blocks of fear and anger. So freedom gets a much deeper meaning. God then gives us freedom that comes from within and radiates outwards. I can then say to others: “I do not fear you, because I love you!”. That’s the look that God has on us. We are invited to recognize this and to do the same. So we can do it, as Gen Verde sings: “Break the Chain!”

Jakob Ohm

YouTube Video “Break the Chain” by Gen Verde

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Monthly Motto December’19

“Be a light for your city!”

Holy Scripture: Jer 29,7

„Seek the common good of the city to which I have guided you and prayfor it. Because in the well-being of the city is also your well-being.” (Jer 29,7)

Impulse:

Imagine, you have a guest and want to show him your city. Where would you start and where would you go with him? You will probably immediately know a few places where you like to be and which are good to show. Surely there are also places you would rather avoid: a dirty river, a ruined block house, a dark alley … These “dark sides” of the city are often a place of hopelessness. To avoid them seems at first to be a natural reflex. But what if we see them as a challenge that we can creatively shape, looking for like-minded people, and making those places a little more liveable? We then not only change the atmosphere in our environment, but also give hope to the people who live there. We are invited to take responsibility for our living space and to be a light to all who live on the dark side of ourc ities.

Jakob Ohm