A Last Meal
Picture it, Jesus and his disciples are having the last supper and Jesus says, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me." The disciples didn't really understand what Jesus was saying, but they would soon find out what he meant. Jesus knew about Peter's forthcoming denial and Judas's attempted betrayal, but he didn't change the course of events, nor did he stop loving Peter and Judas. Jesus knew what was about to happen, and he made the ultimate sacrifice for you and me so we would have eternal life.
When reflecting on the Last Supper and what's occurring in the world today, how many of our sisters, brothers and children are having or have had their last meal due to the economy, poverty or unforeseen circumstances such as earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and other natural disasters?
Can you imagine not being able to provide the very basics for your family or wondering if you could survive this catastrophe?
In fulfilling the purpose of United Methodist Women we are to know God and expand concepts of mission globally, which is exhibited locally, nationally and internationally through our Mission Giving, dedication and work in many national mission institutions. Let us not forget the sacrifice that Jesus made for all of us and what is expected from all of us. As you take this opportunity to reflect during the Lenten season ask yourself, "Do I truly show the faith, love and action that would be pleasing to God?"
To God be the glory for all God has done!
Most gracious and loving God, we thank you for your Son, Jesus, who showed us the true meaning of love and sacrifice. May we be an example to all who we come in contact with and we ask that you never, ever leave our presence as we fulfill the purpose of United Methodist Women through mission and ministry as you have instructed. Amen.