During the Week of Prayer for for Christian Unity (WPCU), the NH Council of Churches will post daily reflections from leaders its the ten member denominations. This year’s theme is “Justice and only justice shall you pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20).
Day 4: Be content with what you have
These passages are summarized by Luke 12:32, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the Kingdom.”
Before serving the NH Council of Churches, I pastured a small church in Concord for 10 years. Because of our size, we often worried that our few members and little money wasn’t up to the task of serving and loving our neighbors. But when we said our prayers and replaced fear with faith, God did an extraordinary thing: church members started a program to feed 50 food-insecure children every week through the nearby public school.
As I travel among the small churches of New Hampshire, I frequently hear this fear: we are too small for the mission God is calling us to. Over and over I see God do great things when a town’s churches join together for those missions. When we see only ourselves, we cannot trust God’s calling to us. But, when we see others, we look beyond our selves. Once we see beyond our own selves and abilities, then we call upon God in faith!
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you” not only neighbors to love, not only the power to serve them, but even “the Kingdom.”
About the Author
Rev. Jason Wells is ordained in the Episcopal Church, educated by Presbyterians, raised by Methodists and married to a Roman Catholic. He is the Executive Director of the NH Council of Churches.