Daily reading: 26 April
Where do we find God in our sorrow?
Something to read
Her husband Elkanah said to her: ‘Hannah, why do you weep? Why do you not eat? Why is your heart sad? Am I not more to you than 10 sons?’
- 1 Samuel 1:8.
Something to think about
Make a list of all the everyday things that you’re worried about. Could it be health, your family, a lack of money, pressure at work or a need to ﬁnd work? Jesus says not to worry about all these things: ‘Your Father already knows your needs. Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.’ Today, share your list of worries with God. In verses 33 and 34, Jesus challenges us to consider how we use our money. Are we using it for God’s purposes? Are we using our money to help others?
Where do you put your time, money and energy? How should you say sorry and change the way you use your resources to reﬂect kingdom values more?
Something to do
Watch this Christian Aid Week ﬁlm from a few years ago and consider Vilia’s resources and your own as we prepare for another Christian Aid Week, pray for the opportunity to invite others to join your mission of love.
Something to pray
Holy God, in your kingdom
The strong need the weak,
The rich are transformed by the poor,
The fortunate are welcomed by the homeless.
Your kingdom is built by those who expect their God to come.
Today’s contributor is Mary Walsh, a solicitor and editor with an MA in Biblical and Pastoral Theology, and who co-leads a church in Radcliffe, Manchester.
Published on 26 April 2023