You do well when you really fulfill the royal law found in scripture, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.
Now when the [Son of Man] comes in his majesty and all his angels are with him, he will sit on his majestic throne. All the nations will be gathered in front of him. He will separate them from each other, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right side. But the goats he will put on his left. Then the king will say to those on his right, “Come, you who will receive good things from my Father. Inherit the kingdom that was prepared for you before the world began. I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you gave me clothes to wear. I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me.”
In a world full of social media snapshots, we get to choose what parts of our lives we show the world. We share the edited versions. Sometimes those edited versions make our lives seem perfect. Other times, we share a false vulnerability, knowing real connections on the internet are hit or miss. And once in a while we share glimpses of our true selves. I have a four-month-old daughter, and this week I posted a picture of her and me, both of us smiling; she looks like a little angel.... What I don’t share? The videos of her crying her little heart out. Anyone who’s taken care of a baby knows it’s not all smiles and peaceful sleep, but those are the types of things parents choose to share with the world most of the time.
Our faith life isn’t meant to be lived in snapshots. Our time with God is meant to be full and honest, encompassing every part of our lives. When we pray, we’re meant to share with God our joys and our concerns, the things that make us laugh and the things that break our hearts, the injustices that anger us and the beauty that gives us peace. This week, focus on a different area of your life each day and share with God your thought and feelings, hopes and dreams and fears about what going on in each area.
We are grateful that you care about every part of our lives, not just the edited versions. Draw us close to you and help us to share fully and openly with you, not holding anything back.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
— Angela LaVallie Tinsley, Facilities Services Program Director and Memorial Garden Administrator
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