The young man sitting next to me in the airport seemed awfully worried. His face showed much distress, perhaps do to the nature of his trip. After some time, I broke the ice. “How are you doing?” I asked him. I could not expect the flood of conversation that followed. It seemed this young man’s life was at a serious crossroads.
I asked him if he ever considered talking to his pastor or someone else at church about it. He let me know he no longer attended worship or belonged to a church. “I grew tired of everyone’s judging me because I do not live like they do.” After some time had passed, I told him what I did for a living and that I am not his judge. We prayed; talked some more, then it was time to board the plane. I never saw this young man again.
When confronted by the faith of Cornelius and his family, Peter exclaimed “God shows no partiality.” Indeed, all who come to Christ for his mercy and grace receive it. Our part is to do as Peter did, simply speak the truth in love.
Prayer: O Lord, use me to speak your Word, that others may come to know the power of your love. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by David Nuottila, Pastor of Union Lutheran Church, Salisbury, NC.