We were walking the dog one evening. It was a Sunday night. I know it was Sunday because Monday is trash day and some of the neighbors gather up their trash on Sunday night so it is ready to be put out first thing Monday morning. As we walked by one particular house I noticed someone was throwing out their Superhero’s shield. I don’t know this neighbor. I don’t know why they were throwing out their shield. Maybe they are getting out of the superhero business or maybe they just got a new shield. I certainly didn’t know he or she was a superhero. I knocked on the door to inquire but there was no response.

Superheroes are like that. They lead ordinary lives and go to great lengths to keep their identity secret. Think BruceWayne, PeterParker, TonyStark, DavidBruce Banner, ClarkKent. These are the more famous superheroes but there are many more who go about their lives quietly working to bring God’s Kingdom closer to earth.

I think of Sgt. Major Saman Gunan, the retired Thai Navy SEAL who gave his life trying to rescue a soccer team trapped in a cave. I think of a brother giving one of his kidneys to a brother in need. I think of volunteers at places like the Gathering Place, Open Door, Confluence, ECM. I think of people who give their time to help a single mother or superheroes who take meals to neighbors who are ill or just lonely.

It doesn’t take any superpowers to be a superhero. It just takes compassion and a willingness to engage in God’s Kingdom here on earth.

Lord, thank you for superheroes. Open my eyes and my heart for opportunities to serve you.

Matthew 25: 40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

Mark Autterson

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