November 16, 2019 Daily Devotion

The reading for today is Luke 17:37.

“Where will this happen, Lord?” the disciples asked. Jesus replied, “Just as the gathering of vultures shows there is a carcass nearby, so these signs indicate that the end is near.”

I read a little bit on this verse. It is meant to be a prophecy. I will leave the prophecy to the experts. Here is my takeaway for daily living:

Ever notice how a crowd gathers around a crime scene? Ever slow down to see what's going on when you see flashing lights on the other side of the highway? As a teacher, I see kids running towards a fight with phones out to record a conflict.

Somehow, our human nature has an unnatural fascination towards conflict, trouble, even tragedy. Can we please not be vultures and get entertainment from the misfortunes of our fellow human beings? Let's be intentional and seek out the good and positive. When bad things happen, let's ask "How can I help?" instead of getting out the phone to record.

Oh Lord, send me out into the world every day, transformed by your love. Open my eyes to see misfortune with compassion. Open my heart to my brothers and sisters and show me how I might help. In your name, I pray. Amen.

Connie Simmonds

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