READINGOld Testament: Jeremiah 18:1-11
Psalms: Psalms 101, 109
New Testament: Romans 8:1-11
Gospel: John 6:27-40
Evening Psalms: Psalms 119:121-144
“I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes.”
As I've gotten older and more mature in my walk with the Lord, I have come to appreciate the Psalms of David more. Praying the Psalms has become my way of speaking to God, especially when I don't know what to say to Him in certain situations.
Lately I've been doing more volunteer work to serve Him, especially with the Backpack Buddies program through which St Matthew’s helps feed children in some of our local schools. The Psalm above made me realize the importance of asking God how he wants me to serve, not just serving according to my human nature -- my human nature wants attention and recognition. What I heard was God telling me to step back and observe, to enjoy serving, and to pay attention to those around me. So I did.
There are a few older ladies as well as ladies my age who help out in the area in which I volunteer. As we work together, we often gab about our lives, particularly our kids. It must have been God’s whisper, because I felt an urge, a need, to stop and observe. I soon noticed that the older ladies in our group were often silent while we younger gals engaged in continuous chit chat. Since that realization, I've tried to pull the older ladies into the conversation, asking about their grown children, grandchildren, hobbies, etc. For me, it was eye opening to see how much they opened up and seemed more a part of the group. It made me realize that serving God is not just doing the work. It is also about fellowship, it’s about getting to know each other while sharing God's love in the midst of it all.
Dear Lord, please open my eyes to those around me as I seek to serve You. Let your love and light shine through me to include others as I try to do your will. Amen.