Can You Hear Me Now?

Monday, January 20

1-20By Jeannie Strout of Hancock, Maine, USA

Therefore my people shall know my name; therefore in that day they shall know that it is I who speak; here am I.…Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices, together they sing for joy; for in plain sight they see the return of the Lord to Zion.

—Isaiah 52:6, 8

It’s winter in Maine, and the weather often changes suddenly. One can make the best plans, but they do not always work out. A few years ago, I was scheduled to give the Communion message in my congregation. The weather report did not sound good for the 50-mile drive from my home in Hancock to Beals, where the church is.

I called the pastor Saturday to discuss the possibility of changing plans at the last minute Sunday morning. “Let’s wait and see what the morning brings,” he said.

Sunday morning came, and it was snowing hard. Fifty miles is too far to drive in a snowstorm. I called the pastor again, and he suggested trying a “cell phone message” from my house to the church. He went to the church, and we tested it. Loud and clear!

As people arrived, the pastor explained about the snowstorm and my decision not to risk driving on the snowy roads. I was still going to give the Communion message, but the congregation was invited to my kitchen table in Hancock by way of my cell phone and the pulpit microphone.

My friend, Susan, came to my home to give me support. I shared the message with the congregation 50 miles away. We had Communion with the congregation, sang hymns with the members, and yet stayed off the road. We felt God’s support and Spirit in the long-distance Communion. And the sun was shining in Beals!

Prayer for Peace
We are listening, God. We will follow. Help us be disciples who make Christ’s mission our mission; disciples who share Christ’s peace.

Spiritual Practice: Making Responsible Choices
Prayerfully seek God’s guidance in your choices. Discernment invites us to orient our lives toward God and God’s vision for us and creation. Begin by reviewing the responsibilities and opportunities in the day before you. Take these choices into prayer, asking God for wisdom and insight about what matters most.

Offer yourself to God with the prayer of Teresa of Avila: “God, what do you want of me today?” Sit prayerfully with this question as you review the day again. Be aware of images, thoughts, names, or actions that come to you. Ask for a blessing to live this day responsibly and compassionately in the Spirit of Christ.

Peace Covenant
“Is it I, Lord? …I will hold your people in my heart.”

from “Here I Am, Lord” by Daniel L. Schutte

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  1. Louita Clothier

     /  20 January 2014

    I loved this article! We often have similar situations in the Midwest, so I appreciate your creativity. Modern technology gives us many opportunities to serve. Thank you!


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