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It All Adds Up To Love 
Monday, February 6, 2006, 10:44 AM - Extra Christy
It's annual report time. For church folk, it is a time where all the groups of the church write up what they have been doing the last year and how much money they have used to do it. It's the Church's version of the Christmas Letter: a way for folks far away to know what the family has been doing all year.

Usually there is one person in the congregation who adds up every list of numbers and checks every sum printed in the multi-page report (we hit 40 this year!). While not an elected position or one required by church policy; every church seems to manage to find someone to check the math for them.

I never held this position. In fact, when I took the “are you sure you want to be a pastor” career test, I scored average on just about all careers (I'm an easy going guy.) except accounting. I was in the basement. Number crunching sets my teeth on edge.

So annual report with all its numbers is not a happy time for me, there are always things that don't add up the first go around and chasing them down is not fun for me. But with some help from number friendly folks we got all the reports to add up. Whew!

Jesus had to balance a report from one of his disciples. The disciple Peter, also called Simon, recognized by many as the first church official, famously gave a report that needed to be fixed, denying he even knew Jesus 3 times on that first Maundy Thursday. The story is in Luke 22:54- 62 and is often a part of the church readings before Easter. What isn't often read is Jesus' editing of that first annual report that didn't add up in John 21:15- 17. Three times Jesus asks Peter if he loved him, matching the three denials that didn't add up. Each time Peter affirms his love of Jesus:

The third time he said to him, "Peter son of John, do you love me?"
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you."
When things don't add up Jesus shows us the love brings balance back to the relationship.

Hoping love makes everything add up in your life!


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