Leadership Devotional November 2017

Love in Action 

9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:9-12 
Tonight I'm grateful to be packing 20 quilts to be delivered to LWR. I chuckle as I wrote the word quilts on the outside of the box. The reason I found this humorous goes back 20 yrs in the history of our church. We had a young member who was very enthusiastic and active in many ways at church She volunteered to take on the difficult and time consuming task of putting together our news letter and type our weekly bulletin. In doing so, whenever she needed to refer to the "quilting ladies", or put the quilting schedule in print she referred to them as the "blanket tying ladies" and "blanket tying day." It offended her that these ladies would refer to these tied blankets as quilts. They were not quilts; she knew this because her Grandmother quilted and this was an insult to real quilters. (Most of these ladies were "real" quilters as well) 
Fast forward some 20+ years. The quilts I pack today were made by my 92 year old mother, her 95 year old friend Imo and 3 others from our community that come in and help. I thank God that they didn't let this senseless argument from someone who is long gone from our Church, deter them from their mission. Stacks and Stacks of quilts have been made and delivered to LWR throughout those years. 
In the recent days since the latest senseless tragedy in Texas, I have seen and heard many insist that Christians quit offering their thoughts and prayers and do more. Our prayers are shallow and hollow and just make us feel good about ourselves. But as Christians we know that prayer is the beginning to every move forward. Our prayers have to reflect what is in our hearts. We can't be deterred by those who feel this is not good enough. God doesn't need fancy prayers. He wants stacks and stacks of prayers from his people for his people. Those prayers will wrap around each and every person, warming and comforting their hearts and souls. Just like a warm loving quilt, it makes no difference how it is put together. The end result in either case is God's love and comfort. 

Dear Lord, Guide us in our thoughts and prayers to honor you and comfort our neighbors. Guide us too continued action to help make this world a safer place for all to live in. We humbly offer our prayers to you Lord. Amen