Legacies that Go Far

Saturday, April 12

4-12By Sherri Kirkpatrick of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, USA

“And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’”

—Matthew 25:40

Special friends who have passed on continue to minister to people around the world. Our much beloved friend, Ken Fisher, who passed away several years ago, knew and loved every child he ever saw. The children adored him in return! His wife, Isabella, recently gave Ken’s sturdy suitcases to HealthEd Connect to carry supplies to kids in Africa. Ken is still reaching out to kids. His legacy lives.

Some supplies we carry to Africa are special, too! Vivian Tresham, who passed on several years ago, was an accomplished seamstress. She made dozens of baby-weighing seats for me to take to Africa. Growth is an important indicator of the children’s health.

Vivian had cared for her invalid husband for years and had few opportunities to engage in community service. After she settled him for the night, she often would sew into the early hours of the morning, making the baby seats. She called it her lifeline to a world in need.

Her daughter recently found some seats Vivian hadn’t finished. After contacting me to see of our needs, she completed the colorful little seats. Now they are ready to weigh their treasure in Africa. Vivian is still bringing ministry around the world. Her legacy lives, also.

Prayer for Peace
God of the universe, help us use our gifts to minister nearby and far away. If we need to work into the night, keep us alert. If we need to fill a specific need, help us develop the needed skills. If we do not know where to start, lead us in our search to find places we can serve—places we can share Christ’s peace.

Spiritual Practice: Abolish Poverty, End Suffering
Read and reflect on John 21:15–17 as a meditation. Let your mind be drawn to places where people have no homes. Think of refugees whose homes were destroyed by war or natural disaster. Be aware of the hungry and homeless who wander the streets or live in shelters. Let the images fill your mind. Offer a prayer for those who suffer.

Imagine Christ tending those sheep. Think of ways you might end their suffering as part of your mission. Throughout the day, carry in your mind the voice of Christ saying: “Feed my lambs…tend my sheep…feed my sheep.”

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will plan my legacy. I will make Christ’s mission my mission.

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2 Comments

  1. Emma Lou Edwards

     /  12 April 2014

    Sherry captured the essence of what a daily meditation should be. She told of need, compassion and the Love of Christ for the reader. She also encouraged the reader to contemplate something for their own lives and moving the mission of Christ forward.

  2. Becky & Dan Long

     /  12 April 2014

    I love reading the Daily Bread each day!  I have a new email address (still check the yahoo one until all get the word)–it is belong318@outlook.com Becky 

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