Thought for the Day: In my second or third year of ministry, I got a call from a man in the church whose wife had died about a year before I started serving the church. He always seemed to keep to himself, and didn’t participate in anything outside of Sunday morning worship. But he called that afternoon because God had told him to do so. I was all ears! He explained how, in his loneliness, he had cried out to God for help the night before. And though he didn’t hear an audible voice, he explained to me how God said, “If you’re lonely, call someone! Start with your church.” That conversation always comes to mind when I read a passage like the one above. So often we think that if we call out to God, we then sit by passively as God sorts out the rescue plan. Could it be that God’s response is for us to take some responsibility? If today, by chance, you find yourself calling out to God for help, maybe your second call should be to the church. Maybe we were unaware or maybe we were not as discerning as we should have been, but your call to the church might just be the answer to your prayer. We cannot solve every problem, but we have a word of grace to offer.
Prayer: Holy God, thank you for listening to us no matter what the problem might be. Where needed, help guide us to those places and people who will love us as we seek healing in our lives. Amen.
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