The Brick

Matthew 10:5-8

“Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  And preach as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’  Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons.  You received without paying, give without pay.”

Thought for the Day: Remember to love.  

This morning brings so many stories on Facebook that bring tears to the eyes and thoughtful contemplation.  This morning, I glanced at Facebook as I normally do and a video popped up.  It was about a man who was driving through a part of town and thought he saw a child from the side.  As he continued driving a brick hit the side of his car.  He got out of the car, very upset, and ran over to the child asking why he would throw a brick at his car.  The child replied, “Because it was the only way I could get a car to stop.”  The child’s brother had fallen out of his wheelchair and had been injured.  He was trying to get help for his brother because he could not lift him and take care of him by himself.  The man helped the little boy get his brother back into his wheelchair and helped bandage his scrapes.  After he left, he decided to leave the dent in the side of his car to remind him that God had to get his attention with a brick because he didn’t hear God’s voice when the little boy came to the side of the road waving for help.

During this time of year, there are many people in need who do not know where to turn.  God sends us small messages to nudge us to help, but many times it takes a “brick” to get our attention.  Today is Christmas Eve and we are very busy people with worship services, wrapping final gifts, and all sorts of other things.  But, thinking about why Jesus came to us as a baby brings us to the true thoughts.  As a song, “Welcome to Our World”, says, “Fragile finger sent to heal us, tender brow prepared for thorn, tiny heart whose blood will save us, unto us is born, unto us is born. So wrap our injured flesh around You, breathe our air and walk our sod.  Rob our sin and make us holy perfect Son of God, perfect Son of God.”  As a sister to that boy in the wheelchair who protected her brothers as much as she could.  As that sister who “gave the look” at anyone who stared at her brothers because they sat in wheelchairs.  As a sister who loved her brothers enough to do anything for them, maybe even throwing a brick to get them help.  God sent Jesus as a tiny baby to live among us to get our attention to be on those in need, to die on the cross for us to save us from our sins, and to show us how to love.  On this Christmas, let’s love as Jesus came to teach us how to love.

Prayer:  God, thank you for the reminders of Your love and for sending Your child to earth to save us.  Thank you for bringing us love in the midst of turmoil, for sending peace in the midst of war, but mostly for teaching us how to love as Your Son, Jesus Christ, taught us so many years ago.  Thank you for Baby Jesus.  Amen.

Prayer Focus:  Loving those in need

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