On the Train

Where among the heathen gods is there a god like you? Where are their miracles? All the nations - and you made each one - will come and bow before you, Lord, and praise your great and holy name. For you are great, and do great miracles. You alone are God. Psalm 86: 8-10 (TLB)

How good and pleasant ti is when God's people live together in unity! Psalm 133:1 (NIV)


Susan Cosper lives in Maryland. The train whistle blew as they headed out of the metro station toward the city. Susan looked out the window until she could no longer see the platform. Then she opened her Bible and began reading for her 20-minute ride to work.

Many commuters prefer a certain car, so it isn't unusual to see the same people every day. After several days, Susan noticed more and more people reading their Bibles. After a few weeks, their car came alive with soft chatter and laughter and discussions about church, sermons, and scripture.

One day a young man in traditional Jewish dress boarded the train. He continues to stand even though the seat next to Susan was empty. The next day he seemed reluctant but sat down beside Susan and began to scroll through his cell phone. When they stopped, he hurried off the train. On the third day, despite other empty seats, he sat down beside Susan. She smiled and then went back to reading. Out of the corner of her eye she saw him pull out his cell phone, and as he slowly scrolled he began praying out loud in Hebrew. Since then, he has sat beside Susan every day. He prays out loud while she reads her Bible.

As Christians, we are called to be witnesses of Christ's love for the world. In just a short month their car had transformed from a somber space into a vibrant place of worship.

Prayer: God of Abraham, as we go about our daily routines, help us to remember that you can use any situation to show your love for others, just as Jesus did, for we pray in His name, amen.


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