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                                                                  ACTS TODAY


 Acts ch. 9, V 36 - 43. It tells us the story of how Peter was asked if he could help some people in Joppa who were distraught because a wonderful friend of theirs', Dorcas, had died. Peter was told how she had cared for others including the poor widows for whom she had made clothing.


When Peter arrived at her house he was greeted with much weeping from among those who had so loved and appreciated the goodness portrayed in the actions of this special woman.


    We are told that Peter prayed and the power of Jesus brought Dorcas back to life. There must have been great rejoicing  among her friends.


     I wonder if, after our deaths, will we be missed for the love we have portrayed to others during our life time ?


   Some will be missed because they make a great show of everything they do and enjoy being thought of as,' good people', or ' good Christians'. We find them involved on committees, in demonstrations, and making points in our newspapers.    


  But Jesus told us that no-one accept God is really good ! When  displaying what we do helps others to seek more about God and the faith it may have its place, but only if we genuinely think that God is getting the glory and definitely not ourselves! We should make a point then of saying, " Give God the glory !"


    Also among us are those who live their lives day by day sharing God's love in actions as well as words, quietly amongst their friends, neighbours and acquaintances and nobody else knows anything about them. They often go un-noticed and we find them doing those very important and necessary jobs that no one else wants to do and it is not until they are no longer there that they are missed.


   I wonder how well outside Joppa and her little community , Dorcas was known and appreciated ? Yet she is immortalised in scripture. God knew about her !


   If we act in every way as Christ asks of us and leave it to others to tell us if they can see Christ in what we do and then thank God for His help through us, then perhaps we may be allowed to accept we are getting it right somewhere!


   I read a story about a woman like this. The last paragraph says,

 'When she died, the church was crowded for her funeral. Her family wondered why so many had come. The congregation recognized each other with surprize. Then they understood. They had all - young and old, family and stranger - been drawn within the circle of her love.'


            ( from : FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE by Patience Purchas )


So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

( 1 Cor. 13, v : 13)  

  ROGATION


CREATING!


God is our Creator and He made us, and all that is in the world.

He created beautiful things: earth and sky, sea and land, trees and many other plants. He made the low lands and He made the Highlands, He made the plains and the mountains and the hills and he created all the living things that live in these places. ‘And God saw that it was good’. (Genesis 1: 25)

 

  Then God made human beings in His own image and gave them power over all things and He gave them power to create for themselves.


  So man became a creator. He made many useful tools and instruments with which to care for the world. He made beautiful things in arts and crafts and built many tall and great buildings and places to give us shelter. Then man created labour saving devices to make his life easier and began to crave more and more things and power and glory for himself. But he e forgot about caring for the world and so he created pollution.


   Then man became selfish and created wars and sought more and more esteem and status and with these came envy, jealousy, covetousness, hatred, anger, resentment and violence of all kinds.  

 

  Eventually man became so arrogant, that he created God in his image!


       And man looked at the world he had created and it was  …?

                     And God looked on and wept.

                                                                                                  AMEN.



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