The Welfare of Others

In June 2016, Texas jail guard Gary Grimm was the one man assigned to watch eight inmates at the Parker County District Courthouse when he slumped over from a massive heart attack. Grimm said, “If they wished harm for me, all they had to do was sit there and do nothing.” Instead, the men “broke…

Simple Actions of Love

A while ago, a video of an act of kindness went viral. Eight-year-old Maurice Adams Jr. helped Contrica Hill, who was using a walker, climb to the top of a set of stairs. “Maurice was in the car with his mother when they spotted the elderly woman.” He said, “Mom, can I go help her…

Welcoming the Unexpected

Several years ago, during a papal address at the Vatican for the Meeting of the Families, a “six-year-old orphan from Columbia” joined Pope Francis on stage. The young boy hugged the Pope’s legs, waved to the crowd, kissed the Pope’s cross, and led another child to meet the Pope. The young boy even sat in…

A Generous Spirit

Margaret Southern is a retired teacher who worked with special-needs children. She lived a humble, modest life and passed away at age 94, leaving $8.4 million to charity in Greenville, South Carolina. She left the gift to the Community Foundation of Greenville, a group that distributes funds community-wide. She “requested that the money be spent…

Finding Stress Relief

We live in stressful times. Finding ways to calm our bodies and souls can be difficult. Turning to God in prayer is the best stress-reliever, and a new hobby or pastime might give you a way to focus in prayer more completely. A hobby such as flower arranging gives you time to find quiet and…

Agree to the Mission

Sometimes we wonder how Christ’s church can be unified. Bishop Mike McKee of the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church says that we can “agree to the mission.”1 Bishop McKee cites Christ’s Foundry as a mission that many congregations with different ideologies agree to support. Christ’s Foundry, located in a Hispanic neighborhood in…

Holy Communion

I had never been asked the question before. When the monthly food pantry operates on the church property, clients are received in the sanctuary to complete paperwork and to wait for their turn to shop. One woman, while waiting in the sanctuary, opened The United Methodist Hymnal and looked at the basic pattern for worship….

God’s Justice

Thad Tatum served nearly 30 years in prison. He says, “It was surprising to everyone that I became a delinquent because I was one of the better students in my school. As I got older and realized that people aren’t born with the mentality to participate in illegal activities, I wanted to better understand the…

Newborns in Need

Newborns in Need is an example of many organizations that collect handmade items for newborn babies, such as knit caps, crocheted blankets, and plush toys. Newborns in Need “is dedicated to making sure that the teen mom, the stressed family, the mother overwhelmed in sadness is supported in the first moments of the child’s life.”…

Recipe and Bible Study: Grape Smoothie

Use mealtime (and snack time) as a chance to give thanks to the Creator for providing nourishing food and a time of communion with those you love. As you read this recipe, take the opportunity to finish this thought: “Lord, today I give thanks for…” Take the time to your fill your heart with gratitude…