By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, July 20, 2017

In Luke 19, the Pharisees demanded that Jesus silence his disciples. "I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out." Experience that imagery. Even to Jesus, a picture is worth a thousand words. Driving around our neighborhood at Highland Hills, I saw something that brought this scripture to life.

Erin said, "Have you ever noticed that graffiti?" I don't know how many times we have passed this building off Boulevard, but today we stopped. There it was. It wasn't the talking stones that I had imagined as a child, instead it was an unexpected words plastered on a building. At first blush, graffiti like this looks like desecration, but could this be a word from God?

Love is needed.

As disciples of Jesus, here and now, we are always learning how to love loud. More and more I see our church loving and learning about the life of our city. I see it when our Younger Adult Connections class organizes a Fuller Center partnership for students and young adults willing to offer a Saturday to change someone's life. I see it when small acts of care for those who seat and serve our city in restaurants all over town receive a hospitality gift bag from our church that says, "You matter." I see it in the enthusiasm of a veteran elementary school principal who dreams with us about how we can partner to make Burdell-Hunt a thriving school.

When you look around, it is clear that love is needed.

Let us continue to Love LOUD for the sake of our city.