Daily Devotion – August 24, 2016

Luke 14: 12-14

He said also to the one who had invited him, ‘When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.’


Reflection by Duke Yaguchi

My parents were a picture of contrast. My mother was always the picture of repayment. She kept mental scores on everyone. She would size up the value of dishes brought to a potluck, or know the number of times someone picked up or didn’t pick up a tab. In any case whether she was ahead or behind in the value given or received, it caused her stress. She would always fret over whom she owed and who owed her. She was always wound up tighter than a drum.

My father was the opposite. He once rode a train while on vacation in Japan next to a complete stranger. He heard the stranger’s story of a daughter running out of money for college back in Houston. A few weeks later, my dad wired money to the girl so she could stay in college.

Once, a so-called friend of theirs scammed them out of thousands of dollars. My father chalked it up to experience. My mom had the woman write an IOU. Even though they never got repaid on the “loan”, my mom has asked me to keep in touch with the woman so I can collect on the debt after my mom passes. I guess there’s three things that are certain in life: death, taxes, and having my mother know the “score”.

My father led a fairly carefree life. My mother continues to lead a life full of worry. Strange that my mom continues to outlive my dad. I guess he’s even more carefree in heaven.



Dear God, I thank you for the examples shown by my parents. Continue to teach me through scripture the value of Your love. In Your name I pray. Amen.

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