The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Good begets good

Even when we struggle with our circumstances we can still serve others

During a recent Bible study, our women's group came across Mark 1:29-31. It's the passage in which Jesus visits Simon's home only to find his mother-in-law in bed with a fever. Jesus "came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her; and she served them."

There is an emphasis here: immediately upon the fever's departure, she took up the role of service — the role to which we are all called. When Jesus removes such obstacles to service as illness, broken relationships or financial problems, we are called to resume serving.

Sally Warrick uses her sewing machine
Sally Warrick uses her sewing machine to construct school kits for Lutheran World Relief.

But even when we still struggle with our circumstances, windows to service can appear.

I recently met Sally Warrick, 82, basically homebound and living in fairly remote south-central Missouri. She isn't Lutheran, but her faith makes me a stronger one. My husband and I met her during a visit to Diane Schroeder, a retired teacher and my college roommate of years ago. When Warrick was released from the hospital and placed in a hospice program, Schroeder, a hospice volunteer, was sent to visit her.

Days were long for Warrick, so my friend suggested she might pass the time sewing bags for Lutheran World Relief's School Kit Program.

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