It’s not the first time and it won’t be the last that I see Your children be the hands and feet of Jesus. What a blessing to watch our small church turn out in big numbers to prepare 700 gift bags to hand out to every student at a nearby elementary school. Many hours were spent sorting toiletries, school supplies, water and snacks for every child and teacher. Then there came an assembly line to place each item in the bag and tie it with a bow and place them in boxes to transport. This all started with prayer beginning at the first of the year where a small group gathered faithfully to ask You to lead in reaching out to the nearby community. Then came a “chance” meeting with the principal, another “coincidental” appointment with a ministry that joins churches to neighborhood schools.
Father, thank You for using a small-but-willing church to do what seemed impossible. There has been and will continue to be constant prayer for the students, families, staff and teachers of that school. Yesterday, I was able to witness five vehicles load up those gift bags, drive them to the school and personally hand them out to each classroom and teacher. It was much more than just gift bags. It was encouragement, hope, and prayer in the name of Jesus Christ delivered with love. For a school considered to be low income and at a failing level in the ratings, it was the knowledge that this school holding all those kids, teachers and families is not alone in their fight. This was the first delivery this year but it started at the end of the last school year. We could all feel the attitude change as we went through the halls from class to class. It was as though Jesus was walking in the halls with us, bringing light into the darkness. Teachers knew they were being prayed for. Students felt loved.
What a joy to see the hands and feet of Jesus at work in just one situation. You are always at work all over the world using Your people, Lord! There might have been some weary and sore hands and feet and backs after all that work…but we finished right as the bell rang for the end of the day. Then we watched an amazing exit of little feet carrying bags of love in their hands as they headed for home. I can’t count how many times we were told “thank you!” with big smiles and even some hugs. Lord, it is unbelievable how You can take our prayers, time, effort and feeble hands and feet (and sore backs) and empower them through Jesus Christ to do eternal things! It all begins with You! What a joy to be part of the body of Christ- even if I only feel like a little toe!
“For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13
“Yet, O Lord, You are our Father. We are the clay, You are the potter; we are all the work of Your hand.” Isaiah 64:8
“And God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything for the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way.” Ephesians 1:22-23
Lord, help me listen to You and obey as You tell me what to do, concerning…