Word Among Us

Help me to be more forgiving.

Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. There are few things more satisfying for a sports fan than watching his or her team work together to perform a well-executed play.   Whether it’s a touchdown pass in football, a double play in baseball, or a spectacular goal in soccer, it’s gratifying to see all of the players do their part to make that play successful. But what if your team is riddled with injuries?   The...

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Help me to treat them with the tenderness you show me

Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me. Imagine seeing Jesus as he shivers in the cold.   You have an extra coat in the car, so you pull over, step out of your car, and hand Jesus the coat.   You help him put it on, and he looks back at you, smiles, and says, “Thank you.” What an honor that would be! It’s not always that easy, however.   Sometimes we struggle to care for people in need because they do not “look...

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Help me to bring your love to others

This, rather, is the fasting that I wish. “What are you doing for Lent?”   It’s a question you’ve probably been asked more than once this week.   Many of us will answer with something like, “I’m giving up desserts—or chocolate or alcohol—and going to Stations of the Cross on Fridays.”   And we should.   Giving up things for Lent helps us refocus our attention on the Lord.   But there’s another side to fasting that has to do with the way we...

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Choose life

Choose life !!! Moses had it right.   We face choices every day.   Every day gives us another opportunity to commit ourselves to the Lord and to find the life that he promises us.   Many of us made Lenten resolutions yesterday, and the best way to keep them is by making these choices. Moses’ words can give us a framework for these daily choices.   He tells us that we can choose life by “loving the Lord, your God, heeding his voice, and holding...

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I trust your generousity

God who gives to all generously . . .  James’ letter can read like a long list of advice, kind of like a supersized to-do list: be joyful when you suffer.   Persevere perfectly.   Ask in faith.   Recognize you will fade like a flower.   But James doesn’t give us a bunch of “shoulds” and then leave us to work away at it.   He reminds us of something very important: God is generous and ungrudging with his grace. God is not a stingy accountant...

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Have patience and wait for your blessing

The kingdom will return to David’s house. . . . and they will kill me. We know that God can do amazing things.   Yet often, when God promises something, and we see it gradually coming about, we begin to doubt or grow anxious.   Like Peter walking on water, we forget to keep our eyes on Jesus.   We focus on the immediacy of the wind and the waves instead of waiting in trust. Jeroboam finds himself in a situation like this in Scripture.   At the...

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