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A Daily Devotion for Thursday, June 15

Leviticus 19:33-34


"When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord you God."


Through Moses, God instructs the Israelites, warning them against racism and prejudice. Suspicion and mistrust of those who are different probably goes back to the beginning of time. Appearance, language, customs- all of these things can make a person from another culture suspect. But God reminds us; we were once strangers. We may have experienced this while traveling. How wonderful it is to be treated with a warm welcome or a helping hand as opposed to a suspicious glance!


Holy Lord, help me to ba a welcoming and kind presence. Help me to remember this especially when I meet someone who is "from away". Amen


Becky, transforming

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Beverly Flynn
Beverly Flynn
15 de jun. de 2023

Thursday, June 15th, 2023

Leviticus 19:33-34

When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him. The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself for you were aliens in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.

Moses is repeating the various rules coming from God to the Israelites. This is a discernment for me, because I am not sure I could love an alien.Today some 2000 years later we face a similar situation. Our borders are unprotected and we have aliens coming through by the thousands. Should they go back to where they came from. Could I, would I extend the hospitality I was capable of, (but may…

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Rosalind Spiller
Rosalind Spiller
15 de jun. de 2023

Leviticus 19:33–34


I remember reading an article several years ago about Manchester public schools. As an immigrant city, the school needed to deal with 34 different languages spoken by children and parents. I imagine it is not very different today. I see our schools as living this verse, doing the very best to help these foreigners navigate the school environment. I am sure there are schools in other cities and states that may not be as proactive. I also know that in Manchester many churches offer English classes to anyone who wishes to learn. They are also living this verse. 


Prayer: gracious God, may I remember to treat everyone with love and compassion. Amen

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Tom
Tom
15 de jun. de 2023

Leviticus 19:33-34 These verses represent a deeply challenging issue to 21st century America. Despite how racist our country is accused of being by the media, academics and social justice activists, countless millions have continued to flock here in search of a better life. At times it seems our resources and hospitality are stretched to their limits, yet the Scriptural command to welcome the foreigner is unambiguous. We must find ways to tackle this issue that both honor God and require cooperation of all those involved. As we are no longer a nation inspired by Scripture, these solutions will prove elusive which is all the more reason for committed Christians to speak to the issue.


Prayer - Sovereign God, help us, Lord,…

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