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Thursday 21  November
God's embodied blessings

 

Read 1 Peter 3:8–17
Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? But even ifyou do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. (verses 13–15)

Hassan Zubier, a British paramedic on holiday in Finland in 2017, without consideration for his own safety, was stabbed while trying to save the life of a woman who was dying after being attacked. Was he harmed for doing good? Yes. Did he suffer for what was right? Yes. Was he blessed? Only he can know the answer to that. Were others blessed as a result of his actions? I know I was.

He is one example of those ordinary people who choose to do an extraordinary thing for another because it is the good thing to do, the compassionate thing, the loving thing. There are many stories, often untold, that give flesh to the deep goodness in humanity that recognises the suffering of another and cannot stand by unaffected and unmoving. They are the people who choose peace and blessing over evil. They are people who hope in goodness and sometimes suffer for it. When I see and hear of the acts of goodness of others,

I cannot but feel a stirring of joy and hope and gratitude in my heart and know I am blessed through them. With eyes of faith, I see God in action through them, working for good. I see in them the hidden face of Christ, the One who continues to walk among us, who looks out from the suffering ones and the compassionate ones. I inherit a blessing. 

† Lord, I ask for the grace to choose good over harm this day, to hold hope over despair, to pursue peace not enmity. Amen