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Angels of Mercy

Read Philippians 2: 1-11

Is there any such thing as Christians cheering each other up? Do you love me enough to want to help me? Does it mean anything to you that we are brothers in the lord, sharing the same Spirit? Are your hearts tender and sympathetic at all? Then make me truly happy by loving each other, working together with one heart and mind and purpose.

Don't be selfish; don't live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don't just think about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and in what they are doing.

Your attitude should be the kind that was shown us by Jesus Christ...

Philippians 2: 1-5 (TLB)

For 33 years Richard L. Whitaker, from North Carolina, suffered from kidney stones and often required hospitalization for several days at a time. His doctors concluded the stones were caused by stress and suggested that Richard find ways to cope with his anxiety. That's more easily said than done, Richard thought, as he considered his family, work, and volunteer commitments.

However, a combination of prayer, meditation, nutrition, and exercise has led to a healthy body. It's now been ten years since Richard has had his last kidney stone. As he reflects on this experience, he realizes that much of his growth has been spiritual. During each recovery Richard had to rely completely on medical personnel, family, and friends. As a result, he learned that God sends angels of mercy - the people who reflect God's love by sending cards, making calls, preparing food, and praying. Richard has been richly blessed by these folks who seek to do good.

As today's reading reminds us, we are called to care for one another with the love of Christ. Perhaps this means seeking out someone who is sick or deployed or undergoing medical treatments or putting the pieces together after a divorce. In God's name, we are to actively love those who suffer.

Prayer: God, our ultimate healer, thank you for calling us to serve as ministering angels of mercy to those in need. Give us the strength to love others with your love, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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