That was one of the many messages Thursday morning from Allison Weirs, speaker at this year’s National Day of Prayer at First Presbyterian Church.
The theme for this year’s annual event was love one another.
“It really starts with each of us,” Weirs said. “I wanted God to show me his love. Show me. Show me. Show me.”
Wiers, of Willard, is a teacher, turned entrepreneur, turned certified Biblical life coach and blogger. She currently holds two part-time jobs — one at church and the other at Dutch Maid Logistics.
She said she is a connecter of people and resources and a lifelong learner.
Wiers has been married to her high school sweetheart for almost 23 years. She is the mother to three children, ages 14 to 19.
“I want to take a few minutes this morning and make it personal. ... It really starts with us and the impact that Christ has on our lives personally,” Weirs said. “This is the fabric of our life.”
Weirs recited John 13:34, who quoted Jesus at the Last Supper: “A new command I give you. Love one another. As I have loved you so you must love one another.”
At that point, Weirs said, Judas just had left to betray Jesus.
“Of all the things he could have said to them. ... He commands them to love one another. His concern was for his people and that they would love one another as he would love them.”
“He’s real. He loves you. He cares for you whether you feel it or not. This love that is coming through Christ is very unique.”
Weirs ended with a quote from theologian Barbara Brown Taylor, an Episcopal priest and professor.
“It is not necessary to take on the whole world at first. Just take the three square feet of earth on which you are sitting. Pay close attention to everything that lives within that small estate. Simply put, we cannot love what we do not know. We cannot know what we do not see. And we cannot see anything, really, until we devote ourselves to the lost art of paying attention.”
Along with Weirs’ message there were prayers for civic and public leaders, those who protect and serve, the nation, the community, families and schools and for the church.