I would recommend this short story to you. You can use it as a devotional reading or for a discussion group.
Where the Shadows Lie
For Lewis Dean Sinift
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
– John 1:14
Edited by Katrina Sinift
Although many do not remember it, there once was a great and powerful king in a distant land who loved his people as a father loves his children. In the northern regions of this forgotten soil, he created a magnificent kingdom filled with all kinds of living creatures – horses as swift as the wind, birds with voices of angels, deer as gentle as a loving mother. But of all that he crafted, the Creator King loved the humans most for he created them to be in his image.
The land that he created was saturated with great and wondrous forests, cool streams, and rich gardens. There…
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The prophet tells us: “And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share
with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” (Luke 3:10-11) The crowd was speaking to John the Baptist about how they would live the Missional life. They were confused and waiting for the Rabbis to tell them what to do. Perhaps Synagogue’s Missions Committee would set up a program so that they could “plug in”. Instead John said: JUST DO IT!
What should we do? Do as the prophet said two thousand years ago. Share as you go, give your personal property away to those who are in need, live a life of simply caring about others. Caring becomes a way of life and the first thing you know it will be better to give than to receive.
OK, some action suggestions:
- Give something of your own to a person in need.
- Give food or help to a homeless person (it doesn’t matter WHY they are homeless).
- Give a smile or a kind word to a stranger.
- Pick up some trash in your neighborhood–just because.
- Volunteer at a park, zoo or hospital.
- Become a mentor for a child.
These are just a few ways that you can just do something Missional as you journey.
The message -DON’T WAIT- just do it!