Thursday Devotional
Who is the stranger in your life?  Read Matthew 25:32-35. Who is the alien that you don’t get or understand that God may be wanting you to welcome?   Don’t be afraid to love them.   Be brave.  Get close.   You don’t have to agree with someone to show them love and accept them as a person.  Loving someone does not mean you have to accept their ideas or behaviors.  In our current culture, and in this age of social media, we treat each other awful and belittle people we disagree with.  The world needs more examples of how you can love people without agreeing with them!  And if you find your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, student, whomever, look you in the eye and say……….”I’m gay” or “I’m pregnant” or “I’m on drugs,” or “I want to kill myself,” please look them in the eye and say, “I love you.  Thank you for trusting me.  It’s going to be ok.  We will figure this out together.”  To love people we must invite them into our lives.  Sometimes inviting people in gets messy.  Love doesn’t mind messy.

Dear God, help me to love people even when it gets messy.  Help me to love people who are strange to me.  Amen.