In the Silence

Read 2 Timothy 1:5-10


And now may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he who became the great Shepherd of the sheep by an everlasting agreement between God and you, signed with his blood, produce in you through the power of Christ all that is pleasing to him. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21 (TLB)


Sherry Graf lives in Colorado. "I'm sorry; there was nothing we could do," the ER doctor said to the bereaved family. "I'll leave you with the chaplain now." The elderly woman and her son huddles together, weeping and glancing awkwardly at Sherry. Sherry panicked. Until then her shifts as a student chaplain had been routine. Uncomfortable and uncertain about how to proceed, Sherry silently prayed for wisdom.

That night Sherry discovered that she didn't have to have the right words or experience or even be the right age to join God in bringing comfort; she just has to be present and willing. God faithfully equipped her in that moment to help strangers in crisis.

Moving beyond our comfort zone forces us to rely on God to equip us for whatever confronts us. It might be serving at a homeless shelter, helping a single mother or elderly neighbor, or drawing near a stranger or friend in crisis. It can be uncomfortable, and we may feel tempted to withdraw in fear of saying or doing the wrong thing. But when we are willing simply to be present, we join God who is already at work. We leave the situation more connected to God and more connected to one another from our shared experience.

Prayer: Dear God, strengthen us to be your loving presence to those who are hurting or in crisis. If we are led to speak, speak through us, in Jesus' name. Amen.

In memory of my loving grandson, Andrew Baker.

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