Read 1 Thessalonians 4: 1-12
Brothers and sisters, we ask and encourage
you in the Lord Jesus to keep living the way
you already are and even do better.
The Cávado River is a small river that follows a linear
course through Portugal. Its presence provided sustenance
to an old settlement for thousands of years. The river has
always been important to the life and livelihood of the people
around it. In the 1960s,
a large dam was built
that changed everything
around the river. The
changed. The presence
of large amounts of water
in the reservoir reduced the area’s extreme temperatures. It
created an efficient source of power. With the electricity came
refrigerators, radio, telephone, TV, and Internet — radically
changing people’s lives.
So it is when our lives are changed by Christ’s presence.
We can direct our potential as God’s children to the service
of others. Those who accept Christ can change everything
around them. Like the dam, Christ changes the courses of
our lives for the better. Rather than being lost, each person’s
potential is put to a new use, a new flow, a new path that
transforms us and those around us.
Prayer: Creator and Sustainer of all life, help us to grow in
the image of Christ so that we can be a blessing for those
around us. Amen.
Emanuel Dinis (Portugal)
Prayer Focus: THOSE WITHOUT ELECTRICIT Y
Thought for the Day
Today I will follow God in the
service of others.