Devotions for Tuesday, August 2, 2016

15:1 Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable: “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Lk 15:1-7). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Discussion: Who might I welcome into this family of faith that we share?

Prayer: God of love and compassion, you go to great lengths to welcome us into your family of faith and peace. Help us to be mindful of those who are at distance from you, and inspire us to reach out to them in ways that call them home. Amen.