Daniel 11:2-35; 1 John 3:7-24; Psalm 122:1-9; Proverbs 29:1
“By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us,
and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brothers in need,
yet closes his heart against him,
how does God’s love abide in him?
Little children, let us not love in word or talk
but in deed and in truth.”
1 John 3:16-18
Lord God, open our eyes today to the needs of those around us. Where we see hurt, let us comfort with our near presence and bended ear; where we see need, let us open our money purse and give; where we see fatigue, let us provide relief by giving a helping hand, running errands, doing chores; where we see loneliness, let us be generous with our time and attention. Let us respond as you would respond, with love and compassion. Thank you for laying down your life for us–help us to lay down our lives in service to others. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
“And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ,
and to love one another as he commanded us.”
1 John 3:23