The Greatest of These

Bible Reading: Acts 1:6-11
Author: Dianne T. Evans (South Carolina, US)
Sunday 17 January 2021 © The Upper Room.

When I befriended a 95-year-old woman in our community, I hoped to add joy to her days. I had much to learn. In my frequent visits with her during the three years before her death, I learned that I had overestimated what I could bring to her and underestimated what she had to offer me.

Early on, I felt a deep connection between us, even though we were different in age, race, economic status and educational background. The greatest lesson I learned was that none of our differences prevented meaningful friendship.

Each time she welcomed me into her home, she manoeuvred her power-operated wheelchair close enough to hold my hands. I loved spending time with her and learning from her deep spiritual insight.

‘The Lord has brought us together,’ she said. ‘The Holy Spirit has come upon us.’

Now, as I drive by her empty house, I hear her voice saying again, ‘We must read the word, and we must live the word.’ I know that she has gone on to be with Christ. I can best honour our friendship by sharing the gifts she so graciously bestowed on me.

Prayer: Thank you, God, for people who bring us closer to you. Give us the desire to be faithful to your word. Amen

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Would it be possible to have a section where the Gospel is explained for Deaf people who are not yet true Christians to view? Maybe it could be a translation of a good tract? In fact, as Christians, we can never study the Gospel message enough for as we grasp it more and more our love for God grows and compels us to share it with others. God bless your endeavours for Him KS