"Love the Lord your God with all your HEART, with all your SOUL, and with all your STRENGTH." -Deuteronomy 6:5

As I mentioned last week's email, love is a complicated and complex concept. It is so complex that the Greeks needed four words to accurately describe it. In this way, modern English is closer to Ancient Hebrew. The Jews of the Old Testament generally used only one word for love as well, "ahavah" (pronounced ah-ha-vah). At its most basic level, ahavah means to have affection toward someone. For example, Abraham had ahavah for his son, Isaac (parental love). Johnathan had ahavah for his friend David (brotherly love). It can even refer to political ties, like King Hiram had ahavah for King David and thus wanted to help David's son, Solomon, build the Temple. 

Ahavah is used in a variety of ways in Hebrew. Like English, ahavah is used as both a noun and a verb. The root of ahavah is "ahav", which simply means "to give." The whole point of love for the Ancient Hebrews was to do and give of themselves without expecting anything in return.
Their example was set by God. God showed his ahavah for the Israelites when he rescued them from slavery in Egypt. He asked them to be his people and to choose him to be their God. But even this was an act of ahavah. He wanted to form a relationship with them. 

Moses passed on this command, 
"Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one, and as for you, you shall ashavah the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength." - Deuteronomy 6:4-5
This passage became known as the Shema, which can be likened to the original "Lord's Prayer." The Israelites were called to repeat it every morning, every evening, and every time they wake up in the middle of the night. By repeating this prayer, they would naturally be focused on God, be reminded what God did for them, and then do likewise to others. May we too be filled with God's ahavah and put it into action towards others.
                                  In Christ Alone,
                                   Natalie Claytor
Deuteronomy 6:5 Coloring Sheet

Upcoming events

Sunday, February 14th, we will be hosting another photo scavenger hunt! Meet us at the sanctuary parking lot at 2 p.m. for the packet list and instructions.

Sunday School will be taking a break until January 31st. If you would like to be connected with a class, email to sign up! Until we start up again, dig into the Bible through these lessons at home.

Adult Sunday class will still be meeting at 9:30 am in the Fellowship Hall.
PreK - 1st Grade Lesson
2nd - 5th Grade Lesson
6th - 8th Grade Lesson
9th - 12th Grade Lesson
Enjoy some activity sheets to do at home! If you cannot print out at home, please call the church office and we would be happy to print them out for you to pick up!
Office: 513-752-1333           Hours: 10 am - 4 pm M-F
PreK - 1st Grade Activity
2nd - 5th Grade Activity
6th - 8th Grade Activity
9th - 12th Grade Activity

The Imagination Library, an organization founded by Dolly Parton to encourage literacy, is available in Clermont County in 2021!

Children under age 5 are eligible to receive a book in the mail each month. There is no cost or obligation to any participants! 

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