Linked by Grace

Saturday, June 8

6-8By Kenneth McLaughlin of Independence, Missouri, USA

How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?

—1 John 3:17

Not long ago I felt privileged to visit several villages in Malawi, a country in Africa. I was a part of an Outreach International site-visit group, and I loved seeing Outreach International’s impact for good.

On a beautiful, sunny, warm afternoon we left the bus and walked across a dusty plateau to share a few moments of village life. Two adults and children greeted us and walked with us to our destination. There was singing, laughter, and a sense of mutual gratitude.

After touring some homes, agricultural fields, and barns, it was time to head back. And then it happened. Three little boys walked up beside me and held my hands. It was unexpected. It was a moment of grace. They traded off so all three had a chance to be linked to me. Mostly we walked in silence, but there was occasional laughter and pointing to scenery. We reached the bus and said farewell.

I do not doubt that we all are linked as one family with God as the divine Parent. We need and depend on one another. We cannot succeed until all of God’s children have an opportunity to succeed. And we can do so much to make life better for all. Do you have the means to enable moments of grace?

Prayer for Peace
God of grace, may our moments with you be frequent. May our awareness of injustice be keen. May we share moments of grace and peace with one another.

Spiritual Practice: Abolish Poverty, End Suffering
Read and reflect on John 21:15–17 as a meditation. Let your mind be drawn to places where people have no homes. Think of refugees whose homes were destroyed by war or natural disaster. Be aware of the hungry and homeless, who wander the streets or live in shelters. Let the images fill your mind. Offer a prayer for those who are suffering. Imagine Christ tending those sheep. Think of ways you might end their suffering as part of your mission. Throughout the day, carry in your mind the voice of Christ saying: “Feed my lambs…tend my sheep…feed my sheep.”

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will examine how I might help another.

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1 Comment

  1. Vera Entwistle

     /  8 June 2013

    Ken, you provide moments of grace for many of us by the lyrics of the hymns you write. Your talent provides many moments of grace during worship where your hymns are sung. There is something about words set to music that can touch the heart, and you do that so well. Keep on creating! Vera .


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