No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. Robin Williams
We have to be careful about our words. They can do a great deal of harm. They can also do a great deal of good. If we don’t speak out about Christ and share his message who will?
Loving God, give us the words to share Christ. Give us the wisdom to use our word carefully. AMEN
Yesterday was Thanksgiving and I am still on a gratitude kick. We have a tradition for each person to say something that they are thankful for. Yesterday I asked them to name something that is not the usual routine such as family, home, love etc. I said reach out and think of something different. My granddaughter (who is a recent college graduate with a fairly new job) said she is glad that she can live at home for now and save money. I am sure her parents were happy to know that she is grateful for that. It is good to share our gratitude. Too often we don’t thank God and we don’t thank others either. Share your gratitude with others.
Grace giving God, thank you for your gift of grace and all your other gifts to us. We thank you especially for your gift of you son. Help us to thank you and others for our gifts. AMEN
It is so easy to sit back and let others take the lead. We are afraid that we can’t do things well enough. Jesus did not ask the disciples if they could do what he asked. He asked them to follow him but he expected them to lead others to Him. You can’t just follow. Christ asks us to lead!
Wonderful Savior, you called your disciples to learn your ways and then sent them out to do likewise. Teach us to step out and lead others to you. AMEN
Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you. Walt Whitman
As a child I learned a song about a sunbeam. I think it went “Jesus wants me for a sunbeam to shine for him each day.” How do we become sunbeams? There is only one way. John 8:12 says Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” We have to keep our face turned toward Jesus then we can reflect light to others and the shadows will be overcome.
Amazing God, remind us always to turn toward the light and help us to reflect that light to others. AMEN