Proclaim the Good News

Sunday, May 5

5.5By John Wight, senior president of seventy
…we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.

—Acts 16:10

“There’s a big waterfall right over there!” a boy, perhaps 6 or 7 years old, shouted to me on a hiking train in the Colorado Rockies. Several minutes later, as I was hiking down, three women excitedly pointed and, though subdued, called to me, “Look! There are some deer over there!”

I had seen many beautiful waterfalls and majestic deer in my life. But in these cases I was touched by the excitement and joy of these folks, able to share their experience with someone else. The little boy probably broke every rule his parents had taught him about not talking to strangers. The women violated conventional wisdom by talking with a man they did not know on a mountain trail in the middle of nowhere. But they could not contain themselves. They had to proclaim the good news about a waterfall and some deer.

This experience brought to mind several stories in the scriptures of people who couldn’t keep from sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. One example is the story of the woman at the well. She was so excited about her meeting with Jesus that she forgot her water pot and ran back into town to share her good news.

As disciples of Jesus Christ, we have the best news anyone could hear. Perhaps it is time for us to throw caution to the wind, boldly “proclaim the good news,” and invite people to Christ!

Prayer for Peace
Send us, O God, to proclaim your holy Word. As we are inspired by the good news of Christ and his mission, may we share our joy with others. May we share the peace of Christ.

Spiritual Practice: Examining God’s Call to Me and All
Reflect on God’s call in your life. Begin by prayerfully asking to recall particular moments when you have experienced God’s presence and invitation. Write in your journal or quietly reflect on images and insights that come.

When has God seemed most real in your life? How and when has God called you to use your energies and gifts? When have you felt most deeply connected and responsive to God’s movement in your life? When have you felt disconnected or resistant to God’s call? How do your gifts and callings connect with the call of God you notice in your family, friends, congregation, or community?

Peace Covenant
Today, God, when I see your sunrise, your waterfall, your deer in the woods. I will tell all who might hear of your generosity.

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