God's Word: Live It!

Rich man and Lazarus: Luke 16: 19-31

This past Sunday we heard the story of a rich man who ends up in torment because he ignored the needs of others. The poor man meant nothing to him and he ignored him every day and never once shared even a crumb of bread.  

Our Savior was always concerned about the poor. During his time on earth he constantly sought out the poor, victims of discrimination, the hungry, the homeless and the mentally ill.  He reminded us that they are blessed, not cursed. Will we follow Jesus, or live a life choosing  to ignore the needs of others. Especially those "others"  who make us uncomfortable because they are different, or addicted, or begging, or immigrant or whatever it is about them that makes them invisible to us or mean spirited toward them.

It's us to us to embrace compassion or judgment, kindness or prejudice, graciousness or rejection. Will we stand with Jesus or not?

The Parable of the Lost Sheep & Lost Coin:  Luke 15: 1-10

Sunday's Gospel lesson reminded us that every one of us is worthy of God's love. Even if we stray from the path God wants us to be on, God will find us to bring us safely into the protection of God's life-giving love. We know this because Jesus tells us the story about the lost sheep and all the effort that was made to find it. Since we know Jesus is our shepherd, we can be sure he knows where to find us if we feel afraid, alone or lost.

 

Here are a few things we can do this week to remind ourselves of this Bible lesson:

  • If we see a person with a sign along the road asking for money, remember they are lost and say a prayer for them right there in the car.
  • Parents can remind their children that they are never alone and if there is a night light that is used, remind children that it represents the light of Christ, that Jesus is watching over them.
  • Hold hands with someone, or place a hand on their shoulder and remind them you think about them all the time.
  • Don't just worry about someone, place them in God's care by praying for them once a day.

" Dear Lord, help us remember the lost, the least the little and the lonely. Remind us to say 'I love you' and remind us how much you love us." AMEN.

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