While in God's Grip!
For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.
~ Acts 4:20
Years ago one of the members of a church I was serving was life-flighted to the hospital with a serious infection. His family called and asked me to meet the helicopter at the hospital as it would be a few hours before they could arrive. I made it to the hospital just as the helicopter was landing, and I walked with the staff as they brought him up several floors. Once they got him set up in a room, IV's going and pain managed, I went in and sat next to him.
The room was quiet, except for the occasional beep, and a few people passing by the door.
I offered prayer for him, and I began to hum a hymn. Amazing Grace.
In the stillness of the room, he began to hum along with me. While he was asleep, he was listening, and his spirit was giving thanks.
So often our spirits are aware of things that we are not. While Jesus suffered it is said that his "spirit groaned."
It is one thing to tell of the wondrous things that God has done, it is another to recognize with our spirits what God is doing.
We are the witness for others of who Christ is, and how Christ's presence in us serves as an open door for others to know who God is. It is a true cause for gratitude and celebration, even when we find in our sleeping we sing God's praises, of what God is doing in each of us.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Dear Lord, may the thankfulness of our spirit be a witness for others of what You are doing in our life each day. Amen.
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.