serving our neighbors

Lord, you were a perfect example
   of serving your Father through service to humankind.
I ask you to lead me and direct me
   to those who need a demonstration of God’s love
   through an act of service.
I know that there are opportunities
   to serve in my own neighborhood,
and I ask you to do what you must

   to bring them to my attention.

Tracy Macon Sumner, author, editor and journalist
from The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Christian Prayers & Devotion

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Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I did all this because of the Message. I didn’t just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it!

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