Caring deeply for others provides a way to share our lives with those around us. The scripture says it this way “We are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves.” Deeply caring reflects authenticity and mutuality, both core components in building trust and trust is central to establishing and strengthening relationships. Everything essential begins with caring. If we are to be effective in sharing good news, we have to be determined to care about and share ourselves with others. I read somewhere “Paul envisions sharing the wonderful news of God’s grace in Jesus Christ – then pouring himself out for his friends in Thessalonica, at a deep and intimate level. He ‘worked night and day’ to support himself while among them. He pleads with them and then with earnestness and passion he prays for them, and he frets for his friends. Maybe this is why Paul’s work caught on the way it did – not because of his doctrinal theology – not because he was the smartest among the teachers of his day – nor because he was the ‘most interesting man in the world’ – not even because his faith was perfected. But simply because he cared. He created individual believers, plus communities that chose and strived to live more Christ-like.” We know caring matters. In a community and country still impacted with a deadly virus, dealing with a divided political climate, facing the day-to-day challenges of a rapidly changing way of being the church – caring strengthens us. Our challenge for you today is to choose to care. Someone needs you.
 
Scripture Reading: Proverbs 11:25
“A generous person will be enriched, and one who gives water will get water.”
 
Reflection Questions:
Why is caring so essential?
Who gives you water?
How are you being cared for?
 
Prayer: Holy God, help me be generous in caring for others and by caring for them, I strengthen myself and my community. Amen