“One who rules over people justly, ruling in the fear of God, is like the light of morning, like the sun rising.”  2 Samuel 23:3-4

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”  Matthew 11:29

Growing up, I made some bad decisions.  Though my parents, I’m sure, were disappointed I knew I could always take a seat at the supper table; and come downstairs the next morning to face their downcast, quiet, but still loving faces. 

We hear the story of God’s love told in Scripture. The Gospels are full of accounts of God’s mercy and compassion – healing and feeding, befriending the marginalized. Jesus said the meek are blessed.  The ultimate account of God’s mercy and compassion is allowing Jesus to live among us, not with kingly power to destroy and rule, but to show us how to love and serve. 

We are called to live God’s love.  Jesus said when we see the hungry and thirsty, the sick and lonely … we should care for them as if we are caring for Jesus. Mother Teresa said this well: “If we ignore them, we are indifferent to Jesus.” Excuses come easily: I’m too old anymore; I won’t know what to do; I have too much else to do; I can’t save everyone. 

So what to do?  God has given us numerous effective tools such as Global Health Ministries, Feed My Starving Children, ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Response, local food shelves.  We live each day in the light of God serving as best our circumstances allow in friendship and hospitality, kindness toward all, and appreciation for God’s goodness.  “The twelve” has grown into quite a big group and includes us. Different time, same message … Love one another. 

Loving God, mold us into your will to live lives of justice and kindness, walking humbly with you.  We pray for peace, and awareness that we do not own this planet for own power and profit, but that we share it to sustain the common good.  Amen

Verla Olson