August 28

I’ve an interest in watching presidents after they’ve served their terms.  Jimmy Carter became a celebrity face–and frequent nail-driver for Habitat for Humanity.  George Bush Sr. shaved his head to show solidarity with the two year-old son of one of his secret service detail.  George Bush Jr. has spent much time with wounded vets–visiting and painting portraits.  What gets less attention is that he’s been pivotal in working to end HIV in Africa–sponsoring a critical clinic.  Plus, he and his wife have expanded their health-care focus into the battle against cervical and breast cancer on the African continent.  I would not say he was one of my favorite presidents.  But, he’s one of my favorite former presidents:  because he specifically chooses to go out of his way to befriend those who are “low on the social ladder.”

Sunday we’ll be looking at a parable Jesus told about how to approach life–with a strong invitation for us to “be humble and befriend the humble.”  The parable is filled with wonderful direction–including “when you give a banquet, invite the poor, crippled, lame and blind” (Luke 14:13). 
St. Augustine said, “It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes (humans) as angels.”  Any day we choose to “be humble and kind,” no matter how insignificant our actions may seem, the world will be better for it, and so will we.
May the Lord bless you on your humble walk with Jesus.
Pastor Roger