Loving Our Brothers...

Loving our Brothers in Celebration and Sorrow

This devotion is being written in the midst of celebration and sorrow. I am getting ready to go on a trip to celebrate my grandmothers 101st birthday with her. She has led a good life and continues to enjoy seeing company and a good game of cards. I better take plenty of nickels along. My card playing is a little rusty. And then last night as I was getting ready for my trip, I learned my best friend’s brother took his life yesterday. My sleep last night was not very restful as I went through this in my mind, and couldn’t seem to shake it from my sleep. Oh the tragedy and the pointlessness of it all. And yet, now it has become a firm reality and he will never be able to wonder if he will live to be 100 or see his future grandkids or just grow old together with his wonderful wife and children he has left behind.

“Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” (James 4:8-10)

Our church is getting ready to host the Mayor of Denver. Think about that. The Mayor of Denver is coming to visit our little congregation! Wow, that is certainly quite an honor. We share with him the desire to want to make the poor areas a better and safer place. We seek to pull out the good in those areas, to freshen them up a bit, provide some hope, care, food, and love to others. The verses I chose today go on to say….”Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you – who are you to judge your neighbor?” (James 4:11-12)

Dear God, help us to continue to reach out to our brothers, to be there to offer kindness and love so that their lives might be fulfilled and their hope might be restored. We are all broken spirits. As we draw nearer to You, we know that brokenness will be lifted. Help us to live according to your will and let your will be our guiding path.

Wendy Saathoff
(supervised by Fluffy the cat, who sat right in front of the computer monitor the entire time)

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