Galatians 6:8-10 (NRSV)

8 If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. 9 So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. 10 So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.   

Galatians 6:10 (NRSV)

10 So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.   

DEVOTION: James A. Harnish (Florida)

When one of our church members was ringing the bell for the Salvation Army at the grocery store, a homeless man approached the kettle and noticed the sign stating that the bell-ringers were from our church.  The homeless man asked, “What church is that?”  The bell-ringer pointed toward our building a couple of blocks down the street.  The homeless man pulled a few coins from his pocket, dropped then into the kettle and said, “They’ve been pretty good to me.”

That man’s gift to the Salvation Army was also a beautiful gift to each of us who share in the mission of making God’s love real through our church.  He spoke for people whose names we will never know and whose faces we may never see, who would speak the same words of gratitude for this church and its ministries in our city and around the world.

God’s love that became flesh is Jesus continues to become flesh whenever any of us help those in need with our prayers, presence, gifts, and service.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Jesus becomes flesh in us when we help those in need.

PRAYER: Dear God, may we never grow weary in showing your love to others through our words and deeds.  As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one”  (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV).  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: LOCAL COMMUNITY OUTREACH

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