Elijah’s actions in 1 Kings appear to be motivated by verifying his identity as a prophet of God. Jesus’ actions on the other hand, while pointing to his identity, stem from his compassion for the widow (Luke 7:13). Which begs the question, where is Jesus’ compassion shown today? It is shown in the actions of organizations such as Lutheran World Relief and Lutheran Disaster response, and we are participants in it as we support their work. However, the call to us is deeper than that. We are called not only to support but to be Christ’s compassion active in the world. So that as people witness our life together they may be moved to say, “God has looked favorably on his people!” (Luke 7:16)
St. Paul’s News and Notes: St. Paul’s Quilters continue to meet every Monday at 9 a.m. All are invited to pick up a copy of Introducing the Missional Church and read it along with people throughout the Synod. Discussion questions are available. Have you discovered Faith Five? Give it a try today.