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A Thoughtful Devotional....River Laundry

posted Sep 30, 2017, 5:51 PM by Bowmansville UMC

From the Upper Room 9-28-2017

Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.   James 2:17 N.I.V.


While riding through a large city in a developing country, I saw a mother and three children standing knee-deep in a muddy, green river. “Those people are washing clothes,” our driver explained.

That family washing clothes amid the polluted canal’s floating debris remains, for me, a poignant scene.

Certainly, such moments make me grateful for the conveniences I have, including a washing machine.

However, if the memory of that moment only makes me grateful for my own blessings, that would not be enough.

Although I may not be able to lead a campaign for ending poverty or improving access to plumbing in another country, I can offer compassion and help to those around me.

Maybe a grandmother’s lawn needs mowing, a neighbor feels desperate to find a job, or a student could use a math tutor. From picking up trash to giving away groceries, the needs are endless.


As Jesus reminded his disciples, “The poor you will always have with you” (Mark 14:7).


 In this hurting world, we can reflect Jesus’ love by acting to meet one need at a time.

wrote by Paula M. Miller (California, USA)


Thought for the Day: When I see someone in need, God calls me to act with compassion.

Read James 2:14-18


Prayer: Dear Lord, show us those who need compassionate words or actions.

Give us the will and the strength to serve them.