Freedom is Coming
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4
As Christians, we know that God calls us to do our part in living out love and compassion for those who suffer, to help them find the freedom that they are seeking. We also know, however, that in our attempts to help, our intentions are not always pure, the consequences of our actions are complex, and sometimes we do more harm than good.
As various religious, political and economic perspectives vie for influence and power, we are called to remember Christ’s example of humility and empathy. In Christ, God became one of us in order to understand our predicament. What a comfort to know that God meets us where we are, even when our good intentions go awry, and that God gives us an example to follow when we want to show love to those struggling for freedom.
Prayer: Holy and humble Lord, I am but one person. Teach me to follow your example of servant-service. Give me wisdom to listen before I act, and empathy to learn and hear other perspectives. In your holy name, Amen.
Deaconess Katherine Peters, Crown Point, IN