Lent 2017 Devotional DiscipleShift

Lent Devotional for Friday, April 7

Sally Archambault Community Corner, Lent 2017

How do you live a life of service?

Sunday, February 12th was full of music for Bill and me.  The special violin concert by Jaime Jorge and the beautiful organ piece–Bach’s Air on the G String–played by Harold Julander uplifted our souls.  A performance that evening continued to feed us through the mysteries of music.  Each of the musicians provided an important service.  They fed our hearts and souls.  Later in the week our neighbors provided support through kind words and hugs when we experienced an emergency at home.  At the end of the week I had breakfast with a UMW friend who both talked and listened about the everyday activities of life.

None of these events resulted in a tangible product, but each one provided a valuable and much appreciated benefit that contributed to our well-being and sense of community. Each of the people involved in making the music, being supportive in a time of need and taking the time to be a friend was giving a valuable service.

Christian service is based in love.  Christ compels us to reach out to others and to respond to need when we see it.  This requires awareness, taking focus away from ourselves and looking for opportunities to help others.  These opportunities can be easily missed if we find ourselves too focused on “ME”.  Service may require a big action or a small one.  A smile, a kind word, a listening and nonjudgmental ear may be far more important than some larger action.

“Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us daily.” – Sally Koch

Prayer: Dear Lord, allow me to serve others with a joyful heart, allow me to give of myself and to understand the needs of others.  Please help me to show others the love you repeatedly show to me.    

Amen.

Margaret Payne

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