Simple, Tangible Ministry

Wednesday, March 27

3-27By Robert Glenn of Evansville, Indiana, USA

“Here is my servant, whom I have chosen, my beloved, with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not wrangle or cry aloud, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets. He will not break a bruised reed or quench a smoldering wick until he brings justice to victory. And in his name the Gentiles will hope.”

—Matthew 12:18–21

A woman in our congregation holds the office of teacher. She understands what it means to be a servant to her brothers and sisters, and therefore to God. If one listed all that she does for friends, family members, and our congregation, it would be a long testimony. I will share some of it.

She takes food to those who have little or none, and to those who are sick. She organized a vegetable soup detail with cooks who met in the church kitchen to make and package several containers of soup for the pantry. She invited a friend to have her granddaughter’s baby shower at our church. All had a great time, and that grandmother, out of her thankfulness, made chicken noodle soup to enlarge the supply of soup in our food bank. She invited a woman whose washer and dryer had broken to bring laundry to her own house to be washed.

This woman counsels college girls and helps people find work. Her mind looks for ways to lighten the burden of others. She recently retired from nursing, but before she left she collected canes, grabbers, walkers, and other needed items for her workplace.

I admire her for her gracious spirit and humility in her ministry. This sister cares for others. She is a testimony to me of generosity. Her hands are God’s hands.

Prayer for Peace
Let our hands be your hands, God. Let our eyes be your eyes—looking for ways to help others, looking for ways to share the peace of Christ.

Spiritual Practice: Hand Ministry
Place your hand on a piece of paper and trace around it to create an outline. Add details of fingernails, wrinkles, or skin color if desired. Look at your hand and meditate on what you do with your hands each day. Ask God to direct your thoughts to a person in need of blessing, kindness, or healing touch. Pray for wisdom about the specific act needed by this person and discern how and when you will use your hands to complete this ministry.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, my hands are your hands. Make me a servant.

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  1. Beautiful example of someone putting their faith into action by being the hands and feet of Christ. Thanks for sharing. Blessings!

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