Daily email from the Vicar Number 60

Good morning everybody,

It is Bank Holiday Monday and the weather is nice, is this the new normal??!!
It is the 5th day of Thy Kingdom Come, and using the material that they suggest to help us in praying for others, especially our 5.  Today’s overall theme is Offer.
Our Bible reading is Luke Chapter 15 verses 1-6, and see also Matthew Chapter 18 verses 12-14.
The loving God pursues us. He leaves the ninety-nine to find the one. From a rational perspective, He would do better to guard his ninety-nine and forsake the one that He’s
lost because that would be more profitable. But actually, God’s love doesn’t seek profit – every individual sheep is worth pursuing.
Sometimes we can be exclusive about the people that we want to show love and care to. In verse 2 we read: ‘the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man
welcomes sinners, and eats with them”’.
But the Jesus that we claim to follow had no requirement for those he ate with. The sinners and the tax collectors were people that he came to find. Jesus went to Matthew’s
house – Matthew the tax collector – to have dinner with him. Jesus went out of his way to spend time to eat with a group of people whom society rejected.
In the same way, Jesus left Heaven and came down, not only to dine with us but also to die for us. He has done everything to find us.

Loving God, thank You for coming to find us with Your love. Please reveal your love and peace to my friends.

Depending on where you are in the world, you may not be able to invite loved ones to church. But church was never a building, but the people of God. 
Therefore, in what ways can we leave our comfort zone and imitate Jesus by reaching out to them?
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