Praise the Lord!

Matthew 25:32-33: All the nations will be gathered before Him…

My neighbor went to Rome, accompanying a delegation that included her local archbishop. The Pope was to formally recognize him and several others from around the world for his newly appointed leadership. I interviewed her for a story afterward and was touched at her account of waiting for the ceremony.

Arriving early for a good seat, they were soon surrounded by delegations from many countries. “Imagine,” she said, “all manner of beautiful national costume, every language being spoken. It was so joyous. The only thing we had in common was our faith.” She paused. “Then we sang the Doxology. Everyone sang in his or her own language, but the tune was the same. I wept.”

I think of that picture she described for me when I read about how all the nations will gather in front of Jesus when he returns. We’ll have our faith in common, and we’ll recognize each other by how we treat each other.

My neighbor made her pilgrimage in faith. But she is also known in our community for her giving to world-wide charity.  With her example, she’ll be on the right side of Jesus, I know. It’s a testament to what we can do as a result of our faith in large ways

I may not be able to go to Rome to experience this, but I can look around my own community with new eyes. With God’s encouragement, I can reach out to someone in need, in my own small way, say a prayer for those in need while I walk, give to the food pantry, sing the Doxology while I dust and vacuum.

Because of what God has done for us, sending His Son, whose birth we celebrate at the end  of this month, I return my acts of faith toward my neighbor to Him; because of the gift of salvation, I have faith in common with all who believe, no matter where we are.

Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for showing everyone around the world that we can care for each other.

Lisa Lickel About Lisa Lickel

Lisa Lickel enjoys the Wisconsin good life, where she ponders and writes. The author of inspirational novels, she is also the editor of Creative Wisconsin Magazine for the Wisconsin Writers Association.

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