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Almighty God, throughout I Corinthians, chapter 12, we are taught by the apostle Paul, that we are all members in the body of Christ. Each one of us has different gifts. Help us, oh God, to use the gifts You have given us for Your glory. The gifts You give us whether it is teaching, preaching, or being one who listens with their heart to the problems and suffering of others, come from You. Let us not forget that.
In the business of our schedules we can so easily lose sight of You. How can we fight against the evil of terrorism without You? How can we speak against the injustice of poverty without You? How can we be stop the stigma that mental illness means weakness of character without You? How can we give those with physical and/or developmental challenges that strong and caring hand up out of their poverty, out of their hopelessness, out of their despair, out of the way they are judged as being incapable without You? How can we walk with the abused, lonely, the addict, gambler, prostitute and those who are the sad victims of human trafficking, sold into sexual slavery without You? How can we look into the eyes of a child who has lost all hope out of their spirit-crippling poverty without You?
Speak to our hearts today and every day about how we can be participants right where we are or called to overseas missions, to create a more beautiful world. We can have such a world if we all commit to it. It doesn’t mean we are necessarily called to do great things, but rather small things with great love. Father, when we add all those small things together what a large thing we would all do, if we work together for the kind of world our children would say has hope. Let us leave them a world they can work on making better.
That mother who cannot look into the eyes of her child dying a slow and miserable death of malnutrition, praying for the greater mercy for her child to die die asks, “Where is love?”
Love lies within each one of us.
Love is the candle we light to help us see in the darkness.
Love is the answer.
Only Your love in us will save us and our world.
Kevin and Karen Osborne are Christian pastoral counsellors and psychotherapists. Kevin is studying to become a psychologist and professor of Psychology. He feels called to also be a chaplain. We have started You Can Hope Again Counselling. Karen enjoys doing cross-stitch while I like writing and singing songs. Karen makes me laugh when she sings the kitty bed-time song saying, “It’s that time. It’s the bestest kitty time of the day!” Kevin enjoys teasing the kitties and making them do kitty dances with music. Their kitty, Catherine, loves it when kitty daddeh sings All Things Bright and Beautiful. Kevin likes doing impressions. He tells children’s stories and helps others with their problems using his hand puppet, Dr. Teddy, who is a therapy bear. He is a partner with us in our counselling practice.We are available to assist with worship and preaching to give busy pastors and ministers a much-needed break. Please visit our counselling website, where you will also find our blogs. We offer in-office, and phone counselling to anyone in the world.
Co-author on Mind’s Seat, a Christian inspirational blog