August 10

The nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as dust on the scales.  Isaiah 40:15 

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. Matthew 28:18-20 

This morning I’m having a good time looking at the pictures posted all over Facebook of Wednesday night’s National Night Out – an evening when neighbors all over the country get together to share food and fellowship, and sometimes, to meet one another for the first time, if it’s not a neighborhood that socializes often. The awesome pastors of Christ the King held our own National Night Out for people who live near the church and/or for those whose neighborhoods didn’t have their own gathering. Though my husband and I weren’t able to stay long on Wednesday night due to other obligations, I would call the evening a success, and hope that people who don’t attend Christ the King felt welcomed and invited to come back. 

After Jesus was crucified and then raised from the dead, he came back to see his disciples one more time, and we can only imagine how important it must have been to Him to bring back one last message for emphasis. All four of the gospels tell us that he returned and though the book of Luke is not as specific about the Lord’s words to his followers, saying that “My words are still with you” they all seem to have the same important message.

Matthew repeats his words as a strong order to go out and make disciples of all nations and baptize them. Mark remembers Jesus’s words as an order to go out into the world and proclaim the good news, and John tells that Jesus told Peter to “Feed my sheep”. Can these words be any clearer to us? When God created the universe and our world, and then created humankind to live there, He knew that we should not be alone, that we need one another to live, to share, and be of comfort to one another. The hymn Jesu, Jesu written in 1969 by missionary Thomas Colvin during his time of service in Ghana reflects this, reminding us to fill us with your love, show us how to serve the neighbors we have from you.

Dear God and Father, thank you for not creating us to be alone, but that you placed us here on Earth to love and serve one another. Give us the courage we need to reach out to our neighbors and share with them your love for the world and all of us in it. May we keep your love in our hearts and willingly share it with others, whether they are our family or dearest friends, an acquaintance or someone we have just met, or someone across the globe that we will likely never meet in this life, knowing they are all our neighbors as well as our brothers and sisters in You. Stop us when we indulge in judging others based on wealth or lack of resources, race, or any other outward appearance. Thank you, Lord, for everything and may we praise you forever. Amen

Lynda Tysdal