Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Back on track

Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages. He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives. When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. "What a huge harvest!" he said to his disciples. "How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands! The prayer was no sooner prayed than it was answered. Jesus called twelve of his followers and sent them into the ripe fields. He gave them power to kick out the evil spirits and to tenderly care for the bruised and hurt lives.

Matthew 9:35-10:4 (The Message)

These words from Matthew's gospel, especially in The Message translation, provide a timely reminder of God's mission in which we are privileged to share as well as lending some perspective to the priorities of that mission.
"Tenderly caring for bruised and hurt lives".
Today there has been opportunity to do just that and to be appreciated for making the effort.

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