"Why can't we just get along?" someone asked.
Well, why can't we?
James seems to be telling me that I'm not going to be able to get along with anybody as long as I'm worried about my own self too much.
Give thought to what God wants.
Is there any hope for me?
James says "Of course. Just give up what the devil wants and start wanting what God wants."
I'm wondering how the town hall meetings we saw in August would have been different if the protestors had first read this epistle from James before showing up. How about the teabaggers? OK, how about the people that are appalled by them?
Can it be as simple as James makes it out to be: Resist the devil and he's beaten. Draw near to God and God's with you.
God of miracles, you are continually working wonders! We are amazed by your extravagant love and kindness. You invite us be mindful of everything that you have provided. Free us from worrying about what we do not have. Open our eyes to recognize your children who are in need. May these gifts bountifully bless those in our community, we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen. (John 6:1-21)
July Offertory Prayers were written by the Rev.Rosanna Anderson, Associate Director of Stewardship at Discipleship Ministries, The United Methodist Church.