The Upper Room 23rd November 2022 Devotional for Wednesday Message
Read The Upper Room 23rd November 2022 Devotional Message by D. Gerow Baker (Oklahoma, USA)
TOPIC: The Forgotten Bike
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. – Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)
As I hurried by, I saw that the bike was still there — small, pink and white, probably once a girl’s greatest treasure. Now it sat unsecured and forgotten, strangely out of place in the heart of a busy college campus.
The forgotten bike reminds me that there’s lots of work to be done to help those who are forgotten in this world: the people without homes, tucked away in hidden corners of our communities, those who are homebound and longing for company, those who are sick, incarcerated, widowed, or orphaned all come to mind.
Many times Jesus recognized people that others had largely dismissed: the woman caught in adultery (see Jn. 8:1-11), the man with an unclean spirit living among the tombs (see Mk. 5:1-20), tax collectors (see Lk. 19:1-10), and the man with leprosy (see Mk. 1:40-45).
God calls each of us to do what we can to help those in our communities who need a kind word, a thoughtful note, a meal, or a prayer. We all can do something that says we haven’t forgotten. It can make all the difference in the world.
God of all, help us to ease the suffering of those who feel forgotten. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Small efforts offered with compassion can make a big difference.
Someone my community has forgotten
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