Pastor Wayne Derber

Phone:   815-570-2088 (home)   815-508-3435 (cell)



“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:43-45

The Power of Love

Dear Friend in Christ,

            The mob storming the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. on January 6th left us shocked and shaken.  What happened also saddens and troubles us.  This is not what we want our nation to be.  Our questions are many.  How could this have happened in our nation?  What are the causes?  What are the solutions?  How can we move forward?  What is our response as Christians?

            Our nation has recently been filled with much hatred and divisiveness.  Maybe this recent attack on our democracy will be a wakeup call for us to realize that all the hatred and divisiveness in our country is not good.  There is another way.  There is the way of Christ.

            Christ calls us to respond in love.  This love is not a sentimental feeling of liking someone, but rather treating others in loving and respectful ways as we work for justice and peace.  But what about those people we can’t stand and who think so much differently than ourselves?  Jesus tells us to “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”  We can and should love and respect others, even and especially people with whom we disagree.  We should also pray for them.

            What has shaped you to be the good person you are today?  Was it not the power of love?  Over the years you have been loved by family, friends, and church members.  It was the power of love that enabled you to become the caring person that you are today.  Such is the power of love.

            Please pray for the people and leaders of our nation.  May we trade the destructive power of hatred for the constructive power of love so that we might heal and move forward as a nation.  May all of us further the work of God’s kingdom through the amazing power of love.

Your Friend in Christ,

Pastor Wayne