CommunityNew Every Morning | November 4, 2021
Service ultimately is about community. Often, even when we are engaged in charity, there is no real community. The poor remain segregated from the warmhearted rich, who dole out some goodness and return to their comfortable lives. Jürgen Moltmann once said that the opposite of poverty is not property, but the opposite of both poverty and property is community. Service can bring rich and poor together in community, for which both are desperately hungry.
—James C. Howell, Servants, Misfits, and Martyrs: Saints and Their Stories (Upper Room Books, 1999)
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[Jesus said] “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”
—Matthew 18:20 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Loving God, I give you thanks for those who have pointed me to you and your love. I give thanks for those who have challenged me to be your hands and feet in the world around me. Give me the confidence and desire to do the same for others, to be an example of faithfulness. Amen.
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I wish I could say that I am experiencing community more. Some time ago I was involved with a family homeless shelter. There is a homeless program here, but with not knowing if we are staying in town or moving, I’m hesitant to get too involved only to have to possibly withdraw. Otherwise church and a friend up the street are my community outside of my home. Thankful that Erich is healing well, we were able to do a little scouting around in a possible area that might be a temporary home. So far so good this month, that’s a blessing. As a morning person I do more before noon. That worked out well when I was teaching, by 3 pm I was pretty tired. Hope there is good news onJulie’s surgery, Roger, and the health concerns of Ally&David. Plans for Sunday’s worship are coming together. Thank You, Lord.
I experience community with my small group, even tho it is remote. Seeing them in church on Sunday is a blessing. Thankfully, the cancer support group is meeting in person again, and each time it is incredibly meaningful.
My little Roger has diabetes. I am going to try to treat him with twice daily injections, but I am not sure he will permit me to do this. And the chances of getting him regulated are not great. But, I must give it a try. The visit to the vet was traumatic for both of us, but necessary. I am grateful for all the time the doctor and technician spent with me, answering my questions and reassuring me.
And now we will rest, we are weary. I am trusting God, in His goodness and in His timing. He knows exactly how long Roger and I have together, and wherever my despair takes me, I will recall His goodness, His absolute blessing of giving me Roger for these 9+ years.
Jill, I gave shots to my beloved cat, Kruff, for two years and he lived to be 17. We had 2 more years together.
Thank you, Sarah, for this encouragement.
Each day is a gift.
He didn’t even flinch with the shot yesterday or this morning.
I hope we can find the right amount to regulate him.