Enabling Us to Emulate Christ

Saturday, October 26

10-26By Joanne Kramer of Onaway, Michigan, USA

“But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to make this freewill-offering? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.

—1 Chronicles 29:14

The couple entered my office in tears. They had paid their rent on time, but the water company turned off their water without notice. Their landlord had been taking the rent, which included water, but wasn’t paying the water department. A neighbor called Child Protective Services, which took the couple’s two children. The caseworker said they would not return the children until the family had a place with running water.

Barberton Area Community Ministries (BACM) helped this family with emergency shelter so the children could come home, and we provided food for the week.

This is one demonstration of the power of the grants offered under the Abolish Poverty, End Suffering Mission Initiative. Our ministries first received a World Hunger grant in 2009, and since we have served thousands of residents. The grant enables BACM not only to feed the most vulnerable among us, but it allows us to share the love of Christ with people in need. Thanks to your generous response, we can respond to this Mission Initiative.

Prayer for Peace
Generous God, may we be generous with our many blessings. May we be mindful of the victims of poverty and injustice. May we share with them the peace of Christ.

Spiritual Practice: The Chalice Prayer
The chalice prayer is a form of intercession. Create a cup or chalice with your hands in front of your heart. Open your heart to God’s concern for the earth and human family as you hold them in your chalice. See beauty and suffering as you lift the chalice and release the creation (open hands) to be blessed and healed by God. Form the chalice again and hold persons who have particular needs—friends, loved ones, strangers. Lift them and release them for God’s blessing. Place yourself inside the chalice as you confess your deepest needs. Lift and release yourself to God to be a blessing to others. “Thank you and amen.”

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will be mindful of the many blessings I have to share.

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