The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. Nelson Henderson
God does not just expect us to do things that help right now but also things that will help those to come. The most important of these is to live as he lived. In this way we will draw people to him. To preach is good, to talk about Christ is good and those things help ……but if we live like him no explanations are necessary. Our actions will show his love.
Jesus you call us to follow you in all that we do. Help us to do this so that others will also follow you. AMEN
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
We are not called to sit at home and read the Bible. We are called to go out and tell about Christ. Sometimes the best way to do that is in our behavior. If our love for others makes someone ask why we act that way then we are doing the right thing.
The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others. Albert Schweitzer
Are we ready to do what Jesus did? Are we willing to put ourselves out there and help the poor, the homeless, the disenfranchised? Can we really see the dirty, ragged man on the street? Do we turn away in disgust? Do we judge?
I think at times we do all of those things. It is not easy to live the life that Christ did. He is still the babe in the manger but soon…..very soon he will be on his journey to teach us how to live. Get ready!
Compassionate Jesus, we don’t always understand that you have given us a map for our lives. Help us to live it out.
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
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
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
Without labor nothing prospers.
God did not call us to just sit in church each week. Church is important. It is where we find the community that upholds us on our path but it is not the end. It is the beginning. Once we have been to church we are called to carry Christ right out the door and into our everyday lives. How else with others know what a true Christian is? Take Christ home and share him with others.
Understanding God, help us to understand our mission in the world. Remind us to carry Christ with us wherever we go. AMEN