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Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.” - Mark 9:41 (NIV)

It was a dry, dusty afternoon. Spring was turning to summer in Italy, and the smell of the sea drifted from the port and wound through the narrow streets. Difficult circumstances in my life as an exchange student were overwhelming me.
That day, after months of hanging in there, I...

Today's Prayer
Loving God, show us how we can extend your kindness to someone who needs it today, and help us to recognize you in those who are in pain. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Today's Reading
Matthew 25:35-40

Thought for the Day

When I show kindness to others, I show kindness to Christ.

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