Soften My Heart, Lord

Saturday, June 29

6-29By Deb Crowley of Charlotte, Michigan, USA

“And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’”

—Matthew 25:40

How can we work hand-in-hand with God to change lives? Perhaps it’s in response to a phone call to rush to the hospital. There we pray for a friend who received a life-threatening diagnosis. Perhaps we answer a midnight call that summons us to the bedside of one leaving this world. Maybe it’s in response to a stranger who seeks help paying a utility bill. There are no strangers among us.

A family in emotional, spiritual, or financial crisis needs someone to invest time. We can do that. Spend time. Be present. A co-worker needs a listening ear. We listen. A frenzied parent, stressed to the limit, needs help with childcare. Let them come.

God softens our hearts to respond to the plight of children sold into slavery in Africa, Asia, and other places. Are we aware, are we angered to action? We can travel from our comfortable homes to aid families in crisis after a natural disaster, nearby or far way. God nudges our conscience to dig deeper into worldwide issues and possible remedies. God calls us to do something about them. Perhaps our actions rely on world mission tithes.

“Abolish Poverty, End Suffering.” These are easy words to say. Acting on them can bring stunning results. Lives are changed.

Prayer for Peace
Generous God, humble us for your service. Soften our hearts in alignment with Christ’s mission. May we work together to share Christ’s peace.

Spiritual Practice: Embodying God’s Shalom
Find a way to express and embody God’s shalom. Begin by prayerfully listening to your longing for peace. Become silent and imagine you can hear the groaning of the Earth’s people, nations, and creatures. Prayerfully open yourself to God’s yearning for peace and the divine vision of shalom.

What images, feelings, and words come to you? What prayer for peace comes to you from your time of listening? Speak or write this prayer. What small act of justice, kindness, healing, or peacemaking does God invite you to consider this day?

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will do my part to Abolish Poverty, End Suffering.

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