A SMALL WORLD
Read Matthew 5: 13-16
The King will reply [to those at his right
hand], “Truly I tell you, whatever you did
for one of the least of these brothers and
sisters of mine, you did for me.”
As a child I was fascinated by maps. The world then
seemed so big. Recently a charitable organization sent me
a map of the world, and I was struck by how small the world
now seems. I am convinced that we cannot isolate ourselves
when there is so much desperate need in the world.
I put the world map on my refrigerator and marked every
place where I had made a
donation: places recovering
from a natural disaster,
communities experiencing a
health crisis, a refugee orga-
nization for which I knitted
gifts. I also include my own community where I have helped
to fulfill a need. When friends travel abroad I give them a
donation and ask them to share it wherever God nudges
them. I do this so that this act will bless not only the one in
need and me, but also friends serving as intermediaries.
I believe that as citizens of the world, we are called to
make a difference with whatever we have and however we
can. As the colored arrows on my map have increased to
include all the continents, I smile as I realize that even if I
can’t travel to all these areas I can still do something to help
people there. I may never meet any of them, but I am certain
that God is directing my resources to those who need my help.
Prayer: Dear God of all, empower us to help those who are
struggling in difficult situations beyond their control. Amen.
Jeanne Carper (Maryland)
Prayer Focus: THOSE LACKING NECESSITIES OF LIFE
— Matthew 25: 40 (NIV)
Thought for the Day
I will follow God’s nudge to
help where I can.