Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Daily Journal for Thursday 7th of January 2010

Friends Indeed

Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, "Take heart son; your sins are forgiven." Matthew 9:2

O - Community is so important. In this verse it meant the difference between forgiveness and healing for a paralyzed man. That some men brought him was a feat in itself. People who were physically challenged in Jesus day would have found it extra difficult to find community. The looks, the stares, the likely need to beg would all put this man on the outer. Yet a group of men cared more about him than his disability. They saw a person. They saw a person of value and carried him to Jesus.

A - Today so many people can feel worthless, left-out, on their own. Whether it is a physical disability or a feeling of not being attractive, or a fear of rejection, feeling of loneliness or any other barrier, a small group of people who will look past the external can help enormously. Small group of people who will accept you for who you are, love you without judgement and help lead you to Jesus are better than 1,000 friends on Facebook!

This year I will intentionally help support and our Samll Group Ministry Leader facilitate the growth of small groups in our church. I will seek to enable the small group of staff who meet together each week to be a place where we can help love and led each other closer to Jesus. I will continue to meet with my two mentors who help me journey with Christ. I will also seek to help lead others this year by intentionally mentoring two or three younger men preparing for future ministry.

P - Father God, thank-you for community. Thanks for small groups who love us in spite of what we might see as obstacles and who help lead us to your feet. Amen.

Daily Reading - Matthew 9

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