If you have hired day laborers yourself, you know how hard it is to see so many people lined up hoping for work. Some lean down to look in your car and make eye contact, while others drop their heads so they don’t have to watch you judge them. It’s not like they can afford to be choosy. They are there to be chosen, not to choose.
The kingdom of heaven opens when the landowner nods at some of them. You, you, and you. However hard the work, this is good news. Tonight their families will eat.
—Barbara Brown Taylor, “Divine Provision,” in The Upper Room Disciplines 2023: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2022)
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When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, “Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.” When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received a denarius. Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received a denarius.
—Matthew 20:8-10 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Loving God, we thank you for the ways you provide for us. Help us to become more aware of your presence in our daily lives and to share your love with others. Amen.
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