Missed Opportunities

September 2, 2013

Today’s Reflection

WHAT UNITES US IS THE recognition that each of us stands in need of the healing love and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. We meet that Christ in powerful new ways in our communion with each other. When our churches, despite their best intentions, grow comfortable in separate enclaves – clustering with those most like us in income, race, ethnicity, education – we lose out on the experience of church that Jesus invites us to and Paul encourages.

Insulated from the lives, loves, and losses of those unlike us, unaware of the hopes and dreams, challenges and struggles of others, we miss a multitude of opportunities to be the one body of Christ. What can you do to reach out, in mutual ministry, to those most unlike yourself?

- Marian Wright Edelman

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Today’s Question

What can you do to reach out, in mutual ministry, to those most unlike yourself? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says the LORD. Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.

Jeremiah 18:6, NRSV

This Week: pray for parents of young children. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

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robert moeller September 2, 2013 at 2:15 am

Lord, watch over families with young children. I think of Willa, Brandon and Logan but also children and their families I see in stores, church, and know of in other parts of the country and world. For two weeks Willa will be with her Dad while Jenny is at work in San Diego.
Being separated from your children no matter what age is tough.
Thank You Lord for Your tender care. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Helping Kenye A. in Peru is one way I help someone very different from me. Before Kenye there was Marco. I pray that both are doing well and that You Lord are watching over them. Through church I help others who are not the same as me. Thank You Lord that there are others unlike us whom we can help in Your name. Amen.

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Jill September 2, 2013 at 5:24 am

I, too, support a child in another country. As a matter of fact – I just “received” a new child – as the one I was sponsoring unexpectedly withdrew from her school. Now, I will continue to pray for Sikha – even though she is no longer being sponsored by me. I also write to a lady in prison in my state. Sometimes, with previous women, I have not received back any correspondence. My current person – I have received back some letters – and it is so powerful to see what God is doing in her life. Serving dinner in a homeless shelter. Praying for my homeless student and another student who is currently at a local shelter.

Father – there are so many needy in the world. Help us to start with just one and then multiply our efforts. There, but by Your Grace alone, am I.

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joyce craig September 2, 2013 at 10:47 am

I started a group that goes to various nursing homes and other places to sing. The members of the group are not people who would be encouraged to join choirs, as they definitely are not like “us” but they love to sing and bring pleasure to people who can’t get out. We are not “entertainers” and no-one whould want at CD of our music – but we smile and laugh and encourage the residents to join us in music that brings back memories.

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jennifer October 9, 2013 at 9:47 am

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