Week 34 Lending to God

Today’s Text: Proverbs 19

Key Text: Proverbs 19:17

“He who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD….”

I can’t read these words without thinking of Mother Teresa.

I immediately think of one central part of her now famous ministry. She insisted that in caring for the poor of Calcutta – she was caring for Jesus.

She would see, she often said, in the face of the most pitiful of human creatures – the face of God.

No wonder she is now accepted by many as being Saint Teresa.

We may not think we can form a worldwide ministry like hers, and perhaps we can’t.

But we can all think of how we can serve God by serving others in simple and direct ways.

It isn’t about being “charitable” or gaining “stars in our crown.”

It is doing justice and mercy to the “least of these” and, in so doing, doing it to Him.

Tonight, I write a very short post compared to others – because there just isn’t anything else to say.

There is, however, much to do – in His name.

The question isn’t if we should do it.

The only questions are when, where and how?

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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