Prompted by love
Week beginning: 29th July, 2018 | By Naomi Cooke | Surrey
We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labour prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 (NIV)
During our time in Rwanda and Uganda on this year's June Mission Trip, the team had cause to echo Paul, Silas and Timothy in their thanksgiving for another group of believers. Between delivering training and visiting the work of the Lawyers of Hope and the Ugandan Christian Lawyers' Fraternity, we had the opportunity and privilege of meeting with brothers and sisters working as paralegals, lawyers and judges across East Africa.
We witnessed the way in which their faith is the root of their efforts to enable greater access to justice and pursue the rule of law in the expectation of bringing about positive change.
We saw their love for each other, within and across nations, for us, and for God. We also saw examples of steadfast endurance in the face of opposition, tiredness and lack of funding. I was inspired by our friends and colleagues whose lives and work are rooted in our gospel of hope, reconciliation and restoration.
As those who work in the law, we deal with brokenness, bring order and peace out of chaos, and try to prevent things going awry in the first place. What is our inspiration to keep on going when things are tough? We may have many different motivations for doing the work we do, but what is at the root of our day to day?
1. Thank God for the faithful work of our East African Partners and ask that they would continue to be inspired by the hope found in the Lord Jesus.
2. Pray that Jesus would be the centre of all you do, the source of your inspiration and hope, within and outside of work.