Friday, December 22, 2017
Read Hebrews 10:24-25
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. Corinthians 1:3-5
A woman of influence is what I pray that the Lord will use me as in this life; to see the presence of God in a smile, to feel His love come through in a simple touch. To hear words that could only come from the Holy Spirit touch a soul, and help bring someone closer to our Heavenly Father; that is what I strive for.
Some years ago, I had the privilege of seeing God’s work through me during our annual Oakfest. It had rained several days that particular year and we had laid straw down for the patrons to walk across to enter the carnival grounds. On Friday evening, I was working security when I noticed a family having difficulty pushing a wheelchair across the straw. I walked over to give assistance and began a conversation with an older woman telling me how much she had enjoyed the evening. She explained that her husband, who was in the wheelchair didn’t get out much and she knew that coming to Oakfest was a safe environment to be in. Once in the parking lot, the daughter went to get the car and as the gentleman stood up, he turned and looked at me and said “Well, here you are. Where have you been?” I replied that I was waiting for him to come by, and with that a fifties melody began to play over the loudspeaker. The gentleman held out his hand and asked me for a dance. When the song finished, he took my face in his hands and stated “I just love dancing with you.” He gave me a kiss on the cheek and when his car arrived, he said that he would see me next week. His wife’s eyes were filled with tears, she told me that her husband had Alzheimer’s and that they used to go dancing every Friday evening when they were dating. She gave me the biggest hug and thanked me for bringing back a wonderful memory for both of them. I saw God working and I was honored that he used me to be a comfort to someone in need.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, please make us aware of the needs of others around us so that we may allow your light to shine through us. Keep our minds set on doing your work and not on ourselves. Amen.
Prayer Focus: that God will provide us an opportunity to brighten someone’s day