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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, September 1, 2018
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
A vast crowd was brought to Jesus to be healed, and he healed them all. He is still able to heal people who are suffering physically, emotionally, and spiritually, and we can be the ones who bring suffering people to him. Whom do you know that needs Christ’s healing touch? You can bring them to Jesus through prayer or through explaining to them the reason for the hope that you have. Then let Christ do the healing. (NLT)
Matthew 15:29-39 – Jesus returned to the Sea of Galilee and climbed a hill and sat down. A vast crowd brought him the lame, blind, crippled, mute, and many others with physical difficulties, and they laid them before Jesus. And he healed them all. The crowd was amazed! Those who hadn’t been able to speak were talking, the crippled were made well, the lame were walking around, and those who had been blind could see again! And they praised the God of Israel.
Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I feel sorry for these people. They have been here with me for three days, and they have nothing left to eat. I don’t want to send them away hungry, or they will faint along the road.”
The disciples replied, “And where would we get enough food out here in the wilderness for all of them to eat?”
Jesus asked, “How many loaves of bread do you have?”
They replied, “Seven, and a few small fish.” So Jesus told all the people to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, thanked God for them, broke them into pieces, and gave them to the disciples, who distributed the food to the crowd.
They all ate until they were full, and when the scraps were picked up, there were seven large baskets of food left over! There were four thousand men who were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children. Then Jesus sent the people home, and he got into a boat and crossed over to the region of Magadan.
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. –Hebrews 13:2 (NRSV)
Vicki Easterly (Kentucky) titled her story “A CHILD OF GOD;” here is a portion of Vicki’s story:
“On my way to work, I sometimes saw a homeless man sitting in a wheelchair on the corner, but I always passed him by. Maybe I would say, ‘Good morning,’ . . . I even wondered whether his wheelchair was necessary or just a prop.
“Then one cold, rainy night, my teenage son, Chad, asked me for some hot chocolate ‘to go.’ He then asked if he could take an extra blanket. ‘Of course,’ I said. He pulled the blanket from the closet, picked up his hot chocolate, said ‘Thanks, Mom,’ and headed out the door.
“The next morning I trudged off down the street to work. On the corner sat the homeless man. But now his lap was covered with the blanket Chad had taken out the night before. Over his body was a tarp that I recognized from Chad’s truck. On the gravel near him the hot chocolate mug was rolling with the wind. I thought about how I would do anything for my children, yet I had ignored the needs of this child of God.
“I vowed to bring the man lunch the next day, but when I got to the corner, it was empty. I had missed the opportunity to show the compassion that my son had so freely displayed.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Today I will see the strangers I meet as children of God.
Prayer: Dear God, fill us with compassion so that we will act to help those in need. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE WHO ARE HOMELESS AND DISABLED
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