One of the greatest of human needs is having someone wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night. Margaret Mead
We do need each other. Many of us live alone. Many of us are alone though we live with others. Society has evolved technically but has it made our loves any better? We are more stressed, more distant within our own walls. We have less real contact with others. Many of our relationships are superficial when we long for someone to touch our soul.
We are so alone! And yet…God is with us. God can reach that place that so craves communion. Turn to God.
“For I will be with you always, even to the ends of the earth.”
God, filler of our emptiness, come to us now and touch our souls. Thank you for being with us in our loneliness. Help us to find our true companionship in our Christian Community with you. AMEN
“Always give without remembering and always receive without forgetting.”
Too often we can get caught up in quid pro quo. That is if I do something for you then you owe something in return. This leads to not wanting accept assistance from others. It seems easier to give as that doesn’t incur an obligation. We have to understand God doesn’t expect this kind of thinking. We must be able to give without any obligation for a return and even harder for most of us take without feeling obligated. We have to think like the movie “Pay It Forward.” Kindness does move on from person to person. Give kindness and accept kindness. It’s God’s plan.
Loving God, you expect us to give and give and give. Help us to also be able to accept what is given to us. AMEN
One of my favorite hymns is The Servant Song. The third verse says: I will hold the Christ-light for you in the nighttime of your fear; I will hold my hand out to you, speak the peace you long to hear. Are we following through with this? We must hold the Christ-light for others. When they are in the darkest day they may not be able to do it for themselves. Be the Christ-light for someone else.
Gracious Lord, give us your Christ-light and help us to hold it up high. Remind us that others are in need and we can help. AMEN
Today in church we celebrated All Saints Day. Today people who were in church in Texas lost their lives. This day we hear the beatitudes. Today we heard about the peacemakers. We need to be the peacemakers. The way that the world is today peacemakers are needed more than ever before. We must seek peace. We must speak out against violence. We must speak out about Christ and our faith. This is not the time to be a silent Christian.
Loving God, your earth is under attack. Grant us the courage to speak your word. Help us to not be afraid to speak God’s word. AMEN
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ Martin Luther King, Jr.
To be Christian is to be willing to help. Each day we should ask the question: what am I doing? Is my idea of being Christian that I go to church? This is not enough. Each of us has a part to play in living out Christ’s call to us. Each of us can do something. I may be small and seem like a drop in the bucket but it may be just what someone needs. Follow Christ…do something!
Infinite God, remind us that are not Christians in isolation. Help us to see the needs of others and to help. AMEN
There is so much judgment going on today. People are judged for their skin color, their religion, their money or lack thereof. That is only the beginning of the list. We could go on with transgender, homosexual, adulterer and on and on.
The problem is we are not called to judge. It is not our job. Our job is to love without judging. Admittedly a difficult job. When someone is everything you despise it is hard to think about accepting and loving but that is what God expects. In spite of what we see in front of us we have to see the human being that God made.
Forgiving God, help us to understand that we are not called to judge. Teach us to see you in everyone we meet. AMEN
God sleeps in the minerals, awakens in plants, walks in animals, and thinks in man.
God created all things. The Bible gave us the most wonderful picture of how that happened. He then turned the responsibility over to us to care for it. What have we done? We have raped the earth. We have thought only of ourselves and our wants. I hope it is not too late to reverse the damage but it will take every one of us. Do anything you can to halt the damage.
Forgiving Lord, we have sinned against your creation. Help us to move swiftly to make up for our abuse. AMEN
Our actions can make a difference. I met someone I hadn’t seen in years and hardly remembered. The person greeted me with great warmth and told me that I changed her life! I didn’t remember anything about this. I had no idea what I had done but she did. We can make the difference in someone’s life…..mostly by love. God has called us to love one another. We may never know the result of our interaction….but God does. And we might know someday… but we may not. Be aware every day that you may be the difference!
Loving God, you have called to reach out in love. Help us to take those opportunities seriously and reach out to others.
Each day we meet people whether at our job, walking on the street or maybe even on the phone. We never know what is going on in the lives of the people we meet. Even when talking to someone on the phone we can smile. You can hear it in a voice. Smile as you pass people on the street. You may be the only person who acknowledged their existence today. You have no idea what that simple gesture can mean.
Merciful God, forgive us for not passing on the love that you have shown us. Help us to smile at others and wish them the best. Amen
God has called us to help others. Maybe in some situations you think there is nothing that you can do. The thing is, there is always something. Maybe I can’t help the person miles away from me but what about the one next door or across the street. God reminds us that when the person we help may be Jesus,
Loving God, remind us that there is always some way that we can help. Be present with those in need following natural disasters and lead them to safety and security. AMEN