Distanced Socializing Devotional- 42
For Wednesday, our devotion was prepared by Cindy Sindel, a member of Christ UMC
Scripture Matthew 25: 35-40
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”
During this time of pandemic my thoughts and observations continue to return to people helping people.
We are all scared, apprehensive, frustrated, and lonely. We do not know if, or when, we, or our loved ones, could catch this virus. We are scared for ourselves, our family members, our friends, and neighbors. We are apprehensive about what this pandemic will do to our freedoms, our employment, our economy, our future. We are frustrated that we cannot meet with extended family and friends. We are frustrated because those who are not employed at this point want to go back to work, to feel useful again. We are frustrated that going to the grocery store is a big ‘production.’ We are lonely in that we cannot visit those we care about.
Even with these emotions running high, we as a people, as a society, continue to help others. We give to or volunteer at food banks. We wear our masks, even if we don’t want to, to protect those around us ‘just in case.’ We cheer on and salute the healthcare workers and we pray for their safety. We pray for those in charge to make the right decisions, concerning the disease and the economy. We call, we write letters, and we post encouraging, funny and meaningful items on social media. We are making the best of a very difficult time.
Which leads me back to the Scripture, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it for me.” We continue to do good because that is what Jesus wants us to do.
Gracious Lord, help us to continue to do good things for those in our community who need help. Grant that when we do it for the least of these, we remember that we are doing it for You. Amen.