“Short Stories by Jesus — Lord, in Your Mercy…”

On July 29, the Rev. Karen Horan of the Rio Texas Conference office preaches on Luke 18:9-14.

9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ 13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ 14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

How do we pray? How do we see others, ourselves? How might we approach God in our prayers with the wonder of a child? Join us this week as we come with wonder, praise, and childlike excitement to commune with God, and in doing so be filled to love others as we are loved.