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“Do not doubt, but believe.” John 20:27

Saturday, July 6















Rachel with her students in Buchanan School

Photo: Thomas John

At Buchanan School I teach girls of all ages and visit five other coed schools weekly. A few weeks ago after class, one of the seventh-grade students came up to me and said, ‘Rachel . . . Miss, I liked your lesson today. Can I be in your English club?’ She was the class troublemaker, but I was impressed by her earnestness. With apprehension, I added her to the list,” reports Rachel Wells, a Young Adult Volunteer staying and serving in Kerala, South India.

In Luke’s Gospel, we read the story of Jesus joining his parents on their journey to Jerusalem (Luke 2:41–51). While returning, they found Jesus missing. His parents are justifiably upset. But Jesus, challenging them, asked, “Why were you searching for me? Didn’t you know I was in my Father’s house?” We further read, “Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them.” Certainly Mary must have been puzzled by this response. Her reaction is summed up in one statement: “[Mary] treasured all these things in her heart.” She treasured Jesus’ rebellion and obedience, and also the promise he held. Rachel concludes her reflection, “In my ministry at Buchanan, I am constantly reminded to live by Mary’s example and treasure each child and the promise he or she holds in God’s design.”

Rev. Thomas John, former coordinator, Young Adult Volunteer program, South India, and companionship facilitator, Joining Hands

Let us join in prayer for:

PC(USA) People in Mission
Please pray for people in mission in India

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Nick Kotoulas, BOP
Rebecca Kueber, PMA
Rev. Mei-Hui Chen Lai, PMA

Let us pray

O God, each of us is your unique creation. Help us to recognize and respect this uniqueness in each child and individual. We pray for children who are poor, malnourished, neglected, and abused. Help us to treasure each of these your little children and praise you when they, not only in obedience but also in their nonconformity, embrace what matteruse. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 122; 149
First Reading 1 Samuel 14:16-30
Second Reading Acts 9:10-19a
Gospel Reading Luke 23:32-43
Evening Psalms 100; 63

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