Recently Ms. Thelma, waiting to be called home to her Lord, called to her daughter, “Beth, my arms are hurting.” Beth answers, “Yes, Momma, you have been praying for two hours; your arms are still in the air, would you like to put them down?” “Oh,” says Ms. Thelma, “No, I still have more praying to do.” Ms. Thelma was serving.
Just as the angels served Jesus after sending the devil away, just as Simon’s mother-in-law, who after being healed of her sickness, left her bed to serve the Lord Jesus and the disciples, the church is called serve Christ. We too have been given the gift of healing, freed from the sickness of sin, death and the devil. As Christ lifted us from the baptismal waters our healing began and continues each day that we may serve and glorify him. Ms. Thelma served from her bed praying for the Church, her family, the saints, and the little ones down the street.
Beth placed a pillow under her mother’s arms and Ms. Thelma continued to pray…her arms raised to the heavens, and she entered into eternal rest.
How might you rise today and serve the Lord?
Prayer: Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal have mercy on your Church and help us to testify to the healing you give us in Christ Jesus that we may serve with joy and proclaim your holy name. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Melinda H. Jones,
Pastor of Advent Evangelical Lutheran Church in North Charleston, SC.