Brothers and sisters, do not be weary in doing what is right. — 2 Thessalonians 3:13
Some days I just want to let someone else deal with the problem. Feed one hungry person, and three more appear. Give one person a pair of gloves and several more need a coat. Many view poverty as a character defect; its residents endure an endless litany of blame. Then I remember: Jesus has a preference for the poor.
God’s work calls us to rise in service. In the listening ear, the encircling arm, the “We are in this together; I get it, I am with you” there is community. Community celebrates our successes, supports us when we fall, dries our tears and doesn’t let our ‘pity party’ last too long. Community keeps us going.
And in our prayers we say, “Thanks be to God for each and every one who shares this community.”
Prayer: God of grace and action, walking our servant journeys, we give thanks for each other. May our community be a place to ask for, receive and offer support, maintain accountability and share Christ-like love. Amen.
Deaconess Nancy Walter, Schererville, IN