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Daily reading: 18 May

Allow good deeds to shine and show others the love of Christ.

Something to read

You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden.

Matthew 5:14 from full reading Matthew 5:13-16

Something to think about

If, as Christians, we make no effort to change the world around us, we are like salt with no flavour. When we allow good deeds to shine then we become a beacon of truth. We show others the love of Christ.

In the hours before Hurricane Matthew, our partner KORAL managed to warn and help evacuate more than 30,000 people. They saved many lives. Each life saved was thanks to support from you – without the generous and dedicated gifts of Christian Aid supporters, KORAL would not have been there for communities in Haiti. Celebrate this good news! Share it with your loved ones and community.

Something to do

Today, make two lists. In the first, list the tasks that you will personally do for Christian Aid Week. In the second, make a list of people – family, friends, neighbours, colleagues – who know what you will be doing and why it’s important to you.

Look at the names in your list of people. Who else could you add? Is there anyone you could reach out to with Marcelin’s or Vilia’s story this week? It’s coming to the end of Christian Aid Week. Could you organise a celebration with others who have taken part?

Vilia with neighbours in Haiti

Something to pray

Kingdom prayer

Holy God, in your kingdom

The strong need the weak,

The rich are transformed by the poor,

The fortunate are welcomed by the homeless.

Your kingdom is built by those who expect their God to come.

Amen.

The reflections this week are based on the Christian Aid Week devotional.