From Rev Sue Ann Yarbrough
My prayer for you and those you serve and love is that you know what a treasure you are. Please continue to take care of yourselves as you tend to others. Blessings in this time and always.
Scripture: Matthew 13:44
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field."
Too often, we today bury our treasure. We hide our love for God and our family. We keep this love a secret, stashed away. We close our hearts, and our love just sits there, doing no one any good. Not ourselves, and not our family and friends. When we cut off our hearts from those around us, we are not serving God.
We do not know how the finder in today's scripture will use this treasure. Will he give some of it away? Will he keep it for himself? He may even forget about it, or forget to tell his family about it. These are questions for us all. What are we doing with God's love for us? Are we sharing it? Let us not waste a moment, but rather let our love shine. To share our love is our divine call. Let us not tarry, but answer God right away. Let's courageously love as God loves us. The kingdom is in our very own hearts, but we need love to show us the way. Let us not pass from this earth without letting people know our treasure.
Holy One, you have given us a great treasure, and that gift is your love. Forgive when we forget to live into that love. Forgive us when we forget that these riches you have given us are for sharing. Love cannot be hoarded. May we always remember to celebrate that you bring us together in Christ, and may we also remember to give thanks that we each are held in such a love. Let us remember the words of St. Paul: "May the God of peace make us whole and holy."*
It is your love that makes us whole in Christ.
Holy God, we also ask that you continue to watch over our communities and our families. We thank you for those who are serving in so many ways in this time of Covid. For them, and in all the ways your love is manifested, we give you thanks and praise. Amen
* 1 Thessalonians 5:23, adapted
Rev. Sue Ann Yarbrough, Associate Pastor
San Lorenzo Community Church, United Church of Christ
SpiritCare Ministry to Seniors