While holding an orphan in my arms, I was reminded of God’s promise in Psalm 68:5, “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy place.” Whether it’s in a mission field somewhere else in the world, or by lending a helping hand, encouraging others, and serving our communities and families, we can all rebuild hope and reflect the love of Jesus.
St. Teresa of Avila once stated, “the smallest things, when done for the love of God, are priceless.” One of the principal ways we can encourage others is by generously donating our time, skills, and money to plant the seeds of faith around the globe and within our communities.
Recently, the world has been deeply impacted by the insidious virus, COVID-19. Truly this is a time for all believers to live out their faith and serve as the “hands and feet of Christ.” In the midst of a lot of uncertainty, it has been so encouraging to witness friends calming fears, spreading faith instead of worry, and blessing others. One neighbor is sewing much needed medical masks. A close friend calls people every day to offer hope, and another writes powerful Bible verses with colorful sidewalk chalk on her driveway.
Matthew 5:16 states, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Let us all look for opportunities as Christians to reach out to one another, serve others and share the love of Christ!
Dear God, thank you for giving us the strength and encouragement to live out our faith by serving others. Help us to see new opportunities to sow seeds of love and rebuild hope so that you will be glorified. Amen.
Go Deeper — Building hope is like building a strong fortress. Brick by brick. Jesus is the mortar that holds our hopes together. What bricks of hope can you add today?
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