Strengths and GiftsNew Every Morning | May 24, 2021
People like Alan—food insecure, alcoholics or addicts, struggling with mental health challenges—have the skills we need for our food ministries. People with felony records, those unable to look others in the eye, people unreliable with their time—all have something to contribute. Opening myself to recognize Alan’s organizational skills led me to understanding that church-based food ministries improve when we engage the people we serve with questions about their strengths and gifts and then listen to their answers. Inviting people to help makes our programs better.
—Elizabeth Mae Magill, Five Loaves, Two Fish, Twelve Volunteers: Growing a Relational Food Ministry (Upper Room Books, 2020)
What strengths and gifts do you bring to your faith community? Who can you encourage to share their strengths and gifts also? Join the conversation.
If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.
—1 Corinthians 12:17-18 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Help me see Jesus in those around me. Help me see that Jesus is present among all people, including those who lack food, drink, and clothing and those who are strangers, sick, and imprisoned.
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I was on several committees in my church. I especially like outreach and helping others in the community which I do not feel my church does enough. We live in an impoverished area and there is much we could do to help.
Prayers for Robert and Erich and their relationship. Prayers for ally and David for their health both physical and emotional. Prayers for Jill and Laarry and Larry’s health. May the tour resume soon and not exacerbate his injury. Prayers for Lou’s safe return home.
Megan and I had an enjoyable day running errands and of course eating takeout. I bought many books, which is my downfall!
I too like out reach, I do some from home through organizations. There are local out reach programs that my church supports. We are a small congregation so some of the outreach done at other churches I attended is not so easy here. Support for the homeless can be done no matter how small your church.
Accomplished a task that was for a while a very tough problem, that certainly helped the relationship. Turned in the paperwork for my local counselor. Painting on the Brill car is progressing. Thank you Julie for your prayers, nice to read your before mine post. Prayers for you and Megan as the proceedings continue. Sorry to read of Larry’s injury, prayers for him , a successful end to Jill’s school year, and good fortune on the tennis court. Continued prayers for Ally and David, and most certainly for Marcy. There are times when buying books has been on my to do list. Cooler weather today! Very pleasant and welcome. Thank You, Lord.
My skill set is primarily organization, attention to detail and any place where my mathematical ability is put to use. A tutoring program would rank right up there. Also, anywhere that my athletic abilities could be useful – working summer camps, vacation Bible school, weekend retreats.
A blessing, indeed, to attend my god daughter’s graduation yesterday. Not too long, yet everyone who deserved recognition got it. The weather was not too overbearing. Smiles and tears and lots of hope for the future.
Putting the finishing touches on exams here. Seniors were in today to pick up caps and gowns, as well as cords and other awards. They graduate on Wednesday. The seniors in my program are coming in tomorrow morning for a photograph. It will be good to see all of them in one place.
My doubles partner turns 60 today, and her husband is throwing her an informal birthday party at a restaurant on the lake, to celebrate the acquisition of her Golden Buckeye Card – a card for “senior” residents of our state. She has invited both tennis teams to join in the celebration. I will be swinging by on the way home. I think quite a few of the team members will be attending.