Serving Together (10 May 2019)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

Then Joshua told the people:

Worship the Lord, obey him, and always be faithful. Get rid of the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived on the other side of the Euphrates River and in Egypt. But if you don’t want to worship the Lord, then choose right now! Will you worship the same idols your ancestors did? Or since you’re living on land that once belonged to the Amorites, maybe you’ll worship their gods. I won’t. My family and I are going to worship and obey the Lord!

(Joshua 24.14-15)

Reflect:

Joshua succeeds Moses in leading the people of Israel. In this passage, he declares his intention to serve the Lord – the God who has chosen Israel, liberated them and provided for them. After Joshua’s death and despite his warnings, the people chose to worship other deities. Joshua’s household represented a minority who would remain faithful in their  service to the Lord.

Respond: 

Reflect on the phrase, “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” In what ways might God be calling you to live out  this promise and take this deeper?

Midday Meditation:

“If you can't do great things, do little things with great love. If you can't do them with great love, do them with a little love. If you can't do them with a little love, do them anyway. Love grows when people serve.”

(Mother Teresa)

Evening Reflection:

God of compassion, whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary,
shared the life of a home in Nazareth,
and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself:
strengthen us in our daily living
that in joy and in sorrow
we may know the power of your presence
to bind together and to heal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

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