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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
The point of this parable is not the who, but the what–the importance of serving where service is needed. The focus of this parable is that we should love every person and serve anyone we can. Such love for others glorifies God by reflecting our love for him. (NLT)
Matthew 25:31-40 – [Jesus said] “But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate them as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left. Then the King will say to those on the right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you?’ And the King will tell them, ‘I assure you when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’
I was sick and you took care of me. — Matthew 25:36 (NRSV)
Barbara Michael (Missouri) titled her story “ABIDE WITH ME;” here is Barbara’s story:
“Doug, the caretake of our community gardens, was dying of cancer. I wrote to him while he was in the hospital, thinking that would be the one and only time I would do so. I didn’t really know Doug but wanted to give him some support.
“Imagine my surprise when, a week later, I received a response from Doug. His letter included one of his poems along with a book of stamps. I knew when I got that book of stamps that he hoped I would keep writing. I wrote to Doug every seven to ten days but never received another response. I became a caregiver from a distance. I don’t know why Doug picked me to be his correspondent, but I felt honored to be chosen. I felt as if I were abiding with him during those last four months of his life.
“I was blessed to be able to show God’s love and care to Doug. I’m glad I paid attention to the prompting to reach out to him. We never know when Christ will call us to be his hands and feet. It’s up to us to be awake, to listen, and then to respond.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Today I will listen for God calling me to serve others.
Prayer: Thank you, Loving God, for the opportunities you give us to serve others. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOS WHO ARE DYING
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