Pause

Stop for a moment. Lift your eyes. Become aware of the needs around you.

Who are your neighbors? How might you share your life with them this week?

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Listen

Everyone ate until they were full, and they filled twelve baskets with the leftovers. About five thousand men plus women and children had eaten.

Matthew 14:20-21

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Think

Five fish. Two loaves of bread. More than five thousand ate, and there were leftovers! It’s remarkable!

This story illustrates the fact that when we partner with our neighbors in the work that is so desperately needed around us, Jesus does more than we imagined possible. When we respond with compassion and love, and when we give all that we have, we get a front-row seat to witness God’s abundant love. Thankfully, we’re not only witnesses to this abundant love, but we’re also recipients! Oftentimes, being willing to care for our neighbors brings blessings that we couldn’t even imagine ourselves.

I imagine there are many needs around you today. What steps can you take to partner with your neighbors to share the abundant love of God?

Mary Katherine Johnson

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Pray

Gracious God, thank you for your abundant love. Help me to respond to what I’ve received from you by extending compassion and love to others. Amen.

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Go

Go today with your eyes wide open and a new awareness to the needs of others around you.

Look for ways to Be With your neighbors today... even if not face to face.

And the wisdom and strength of Christ, who is With You always, be your guide.

Mary Katherine Johnson

Mary Katherine Johnson is an Instructional Coach at an elementary school in Gainesville, GA. She served eight summers with Passport Camps in various capacities. In her spare time, Mary Katherine is attempting to learn to play the violin.

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