REFLECTION:  READ  Matthew 25:31-46     “Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”  By giving the Leban their first house, their neighbors responded as Jesus would.

PRAYERS:  And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.”  Luke 7:13

Sometimes O Lord, it is much harder to see someone else suffer than it is to suffer myself.  I want so badly to take the pain away for my loved one.  I want so badly for comfort to be restored.  Heavenly Father,  I know that it is not in my power to take pain away; you alone re the Great Physician of body and soul.  Comfort me as I take up the crosses of health for others.  Place your words of comfort in my mouth so that I can share them with others. Amen. (by Trevor Sutton TAKE UP YOUR CROSS  (It is always hard to know what to say when I know someone I love is suffering, I never really thought about asking God for words of comfort. I will do this next time.)

WE ARE NOT FORGOTTEN:  But take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind…Deuteronomy 4:9

It is central to the biblical tradition that God’s love for his people should not be forgotten.  It should remain with us in the present.  When everything is dark, when we are surrounded by despairing voices, when we do not see any exits, then we can find salvation in a remembered love, a love which is not simply a wistful recollection of a bygone past but a living force which sustains us in the present.  Through memory, love transcends the limits of time and offers hope at any moment of our lives.




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