Living Faith

Admit your faults to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous man has great power and wonderful results. James 5:16 (TLB)

So you see, it isn't enough just to have faith. You must also do good to prove that you have it. Faith that doesn't show itself by good works is no faith at all - it is dead and useless. James 2:17 (TLB)

Mary Hunt Webb lives in New Mexico. As she walked down a hall in their church, she heard cheerful voices from a nearby room. Looking in, Mary saw the women of their church's prayer-quilt ministry gathered around tables and an ironing board. They form an assembly line to produce several quilts at once. Their efforts result in beautiful lap quilts that will withstand years of wear.

When each quilt is finished, the quilters gather around and pray over it. A yarn bow is sewn into each intersection of fabric blocks, and a sign is attached to the quilt stating the need of the recipient. This way, when church members pray over the quilt, they can untie a bow and tie a knot to indicate that they offered a prayer. The hanging yarn strands represent threads of prayer. The quilts are then sent to the recipients.

James reminds us in today's quoted scripture that in addition to praying, we should act on our faith. Each beautiful quilt is a handcrafted demonstration of the quilters' faith.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for those who take the time to demonstrate their faith in a way that blesses others. Help us to be open to opportunities to do the same, in Jesus' name. amen.

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