Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Lo He Comes With Clouds Descending"1 (Lyrics)
Galatians 6:9 – Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (NIV)
My parents loved the Lord, and they both used their gifts in service to others. For example, they would take homemade soup to hoboes, and when the orchard was ripe for picking, they would take apple pies to people who were in need. Many times, they were in need, too, but they knew how to fish, cure salmon, hunt for venison, and work the gardens. God always provided enough food for our family's needs, as well as for others. The help that they gave came from their hearts in love for others. My parents knew that God was using them for this special purpose, even through difficult circumstances. They set a good example for their children, and we also grew up with helpful hearts and hands.
Our hearts are still prepared to do God's service during this time of pandemic. Many Christians are heartened when they discover their spiritual gifts and talents to serve one another during these stressful days. Times are different, but we can still set a good example for our own children so that they can also grow up with helpful hearts. During this time of wearing masks in public, washing our hands many times a day, and social distancing, we don't need to be discouraged. We can rethink our gifts and talents and pray that God will provide each of us with opportunities to have a serving heart. We stay encouraged by thinking of ways that God will give us to encourage others. We just need to be more creative and to listen to the Holy Spirit's promptings.
In these more perilous times, I think of the children. There is much instability in plans for them to return to school. I am phoning my young great-grandchildren and encouraging them by telephone calls with mini-lessons. Soon, we will be doing video chats. They want to invite their little friends. See what God can do? For a month following my mother's death, I posted photos and comments about her life. Instead of an in-person funeral and memorial, the family decided to do a virtual memorial. Eighty-five participants joined in during the month, amid this time of isolation. The virtual celebration has brought so many reconnections and so much joy.
Can you think of a way that you can use your gifts and talents to serve long-distance? Everyone is unique, and God's creativity is unlimited. Let us pray, and catch the breath of God's reply.
Prayer: Dear Lord, gently guide our pathways to service during this difficult time. Shine Your love-light of ideas to help us to serve others in new ways. May those receiving our good deeds see Your light of salvation. Amen.