One day [Jesus] was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said, “Master, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.”
So he said, “When you pray, say,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.”
Then he said, “Imagine what would happen if you went to a friend in the middle of the night and said, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread. An old friend traveling through just showed up, and I don’t have a thing on hand.’
"The friend answers from his bed, ‘Don’t bother me. The door’s locked; my children are all down for the night; I can’t get up to give you anything.’
“But let me tell you, even if he won’t get up because he’s a friend, if you stand your ground, knocking and waking all the neighbors, he’ll finally get up and get you whatever you need.
“Here’s what I’m saying:
Ask and you’ll get;
Seek and you’ll find;
Knock and the door will open.
Luke 11:1-9 (The Message)
Listening Thru Lent Mondays are “mission Mondays”…days when we hear from or about some of our Global Missions partners, pray for the world, and remember each of our roles and calling in the world.
Carter Echols pointed out to me recently that on Mondays we have “the most natural opportunity to share Jesus” because of that common Monday conversation starter…“How was your weekend?” Did something from worship stick with you? Could you share that thought? Could you tell about how important the community of church is to you and your family? Sharing Jesus takes place in the small moments. D. T. Niles described evangelism as “one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.”
Because of our AFAC drive this coming Saturday (see below) I’d like to draw our attention to AFAC (Arlington Food Assistance Center). Check them out at www.afac.org. Food insecurity is a significant need in communities in the USA…and Arlington county is no exception. Particularly during the pandemic families are having a hard time putting food on the table. AFAC is “providing dignified access to free groceries allows families to devote their limited financial resource to obligations such as housing, utilities, medication, and other basic needs.” In a wealthy county like Arlington, many struggle with the high cost of living and this struggle trickles down to the food on the table. AFAC helps provide food so that they can focus on other matters of family and home. AFAC seeks to bring dignity (and cut down waste) to those they serve by giving them choices of the items they take home with them: people can choose the food they will actually eat. (something to keep in mind when you select donations!) Your donations help AFAC fulfill this need. AFAC leads us to care for, serve, and dignify those who hunger…just like Jesus.
Today you are the people of God,
sent as the beloved community to love God and to love people.
Let us pray: “God…today, will you give us our daily bread?”…and God, how do you want me to be a part of responding to this prayer from someone else’s lips today? Amen.