Servants of Right

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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PARTICIPATE

Romans 6:18

You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

Reflection

Can I, myself, live in righteousness? Can I forgive and love as Jesus teaches? Our son has been a wonderful example to me in this practice of faith. He was a sophomore in high school at the time of the incident I will share with you. When a fellow student lashed out at him in anger, slashing his neck open, he turned and walked away. Other students reported the incident, the ‘attacker’ was suspended from school and the police liaison officer was pressuring Eric to press charges. Eric did not want to press charges and withstood pressure from others to do so. He wanted to forget the incident despite other people’s concern for him and their disdain and dislike of the other student. That was March. Roll the clock ahead to the next January. On the first day of classes for the second semester of his junior year, Eric found himself seated next to this student who had attacked him. The student apologized to Eric and showed gratitude for his actions – kindness and grace that I would guess this student had not known before.

Can I pray for those who hurt me? Can I set aside my hurt and be gracious to them?

Prayer

I give thanks for those people in my life who have shown me how to live more righteously, more lovingly, with more acceptance and grace. Guide my life so that I, too, may be an example for others. May your love and kindness shine through me, allowing grace and kindness to radiate to others.

What’s next?

Smile, laugh & forgive more often. Do a random act of kindness today! Check out the volunteer opportunities on our website at www.firstcongoappleton.org/reaching-out/service-opportunities-at-our-church.

Deb Burich, Director for Mission and Service