Yesterday, the sermon included a statement which sounded something like… “At the heart of it all – what God desires or wills for us is — to care for others as God cares for each one of us. That’s where we are to aim ourselves – caring for others.” One of the Wismers boldly declared nothing happens or develops until you choose to care. As I sat and tarried with the notion of caring, I was reminded of another passage Paul wrote to a different congregation. He says, “So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.”  (I worked with a person who made this his personal mission statement and it served him well throughout his ministry.) Paul pushes the beloved community to deeply care for one another.  I invite you to pause and remember the past saints who deeply cared for you. We are called to care for one another. Caring takes many forms. It’s being attentive. It’s active listening. It’s sharing words of encouragement and support. It’s making time for others and it’s surrounding them in prayer.  There are numerous ways for you to show how you care for others. Interestingly, caring is something you learn how to do by intentionally caring. In this case caring strengthens caring.  When caring for others becomes a priority, caring becomes natural. I think it was Teddy Roosevelt who said, “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” When you deeply care for someone else your life becomes full and God’s goodness is shared.

Scripture Reading: Galatians 6:10
“So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.

Reflection Questions:
Who in your life cares or cared deeply for you?
What actions show how you care for others?
How can caring become a higher priority for you?

Prayer: Holy God, as you care for me, let me care for others. Fill me with the opportunity to do good work this day and strengthen my faithfulness.  Amen