A Green Ribbon

How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down upon the beard, on the bread of Aaron, running down over the collar of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion. For there the Lord ordained his blessing, life forevermore. Psalm 133: 1-3 (NRSV)

O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. Psalm 34:3 (NRSV)

Pal Tunde is from Pest, Hungary. After one of his meditations appeared in Csended Percek, the Hungarian edition of The Upper Room, Pal received a letter. It was from an 86-year-old woman who had read his meditation, noticed that she lived nearby, and wanted to connect. Since then, they have met in person and have kept in contact over the phone and through letters.

One day, another of Pal's meditations appeared in the magazine. It was about a Bible camp where campers donned different colored ribbons - children wore orange ribbons, adults wore green. Pal wrote about how they were always growing spiritually, and he wondered what color ribbon would represent his level of spiritual maturity. Would it be green to indicate a mature faith that is still growing? That day he got a call from his letter-writing friend. With enthusiasm, she said, "I understood the message about the ribbon, and I wanted to let you know that I'm doing my chores with a green ribbon on my wrist." What a wonderful affirmation! Pal put on his green ribbon as encouragement for his spiritual journey. He believes God rejoices when we share our testimonies. Witnessing for God strengthens our faith and encourages others in theirs.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for our spiritual brothers and sisters. Help us not to miss opportunities to share your love with others, in Jesus' name, amen.

Come this Sunday to The First UMC of Gulfport, at 11:00, and listen to Ken Blackman share with us about God's truth.

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