Read James 2: 14-18
Faith by itself, if it is not
accompanied by action, is dead.
While riding through a large city in a developing country,
I saw a mother and three children standing knee-deep in
a muddy, green river. “Those people are washing clothes,”
our driver explained. That family washing clothes amid the
polluted canal’s floating debris remains, for me, a poignant
Certainly, such moments make me grateful for the conveniences I have, including a washing machine. However, if the
memory of that moment only makes me grateful for my own
blessings, that would not be enough.
Although I may not be able to lead a campaign for ending
poverty or improving access to plumbing in another country,
I can offer compassion and help to those around me. Maybe
a grandmother’s lawn needs mowing, a neighbor feels desperate to find a job, or a
student could use a math
tutor. From picking up
trash to giving away groceries, the needs are endless.
As Jesus reminded his disciples, “The poor you will
always have with you” (Mark 14: 7). In this hurting world, we
can reflect Jesus’ love by acting to meet one need at a time.
Prayer: Dear Lord, show us those who need compassionate
words or actions. Give us the will and the strength to serve
Paula M. Miller (California)
Prayer Focus: CHILDREN IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Thought for the Day
When I see someone
in need, God calls me to
act with compassion.