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July 10, 2022
Partners in Ministry: Show Mercy
Deuteronomy 30:9-14     Psalm 25:1-10
Colossians 1:1-14     Luke 10:25-37

In Luke’s gospel story we hear the parable of the merciful Samaritan. When a man is left for dead on the side of the road the religious people who saw him pass him buy, while a Samaritan (an outsider to the religious community) stops cares for the man, brings him to a place for healing, and provides time for him to heal. All of these actions reflect mercy shown by the Samaritan toward the stranger. Jesus tells this story as a way of showing what it means to be a neighbor in our world. Psalm 25 reminds us that all the paths of God are “steadfast love and faithfulness” these are gifts best expressed in mercy toward the people God has placed in our lives. We are called to be a people, a body, that shows mercy in a world that gives very little.

Daily Devotion
Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Luke 10:3-6: “Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the mist of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals, and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person, but if not, it will return to you.” I may be going out to right field with this one, but I am reminded of my early years while in a mistake of a marriage. I certainly wasn’t sent by the Lord, but I have to say I worked very hard to stay true to my faith, while living far from home and barely getting by. We found ourselves homeless for a spell, finding space with friends. I am relaying this because I was very observant of how each received us. Some were there to accept what we could offer and made us feel welcome, while others were only helping us to benefit themselves, pulling us even further down. We were in the mist of wolves and, I believe through my faith, we reestablished ourselves knowing who to trust. The Lord touches us in many ways, especially when we bring peace and goodwill to the household. Be that person one can trust and establish good will through good deeds and actions. Prayer: Dear Lord, your peace and mercy are freely offered to anyone willing to share in peace. Keep our hearts and minds open, for the laborers are few. We go out as one, spreading the good news. Amen

Written By: Kerri Lawton


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