Thursday, March 30, 2017

Inspirational Message

She was Aaron’s wife and sister-in-law to Moses and Miriam. Comments are limited about Elisheba in the Bible, but she was probably well known to the Israelites as wife of Aaron; the high priest. She was the mother of four sons after marrying Aaron. Leviticus 10:1-2 describes the death of her first two sons. Instead of following God’s instructions in worship, they made an unauthorized incense offering. God punished them and they were consumed by fire. It is a known fact that soon after the incident, God warned Aaron and his sons not to drink before worship (Leviticus 10:8-11). Scholars of biblical studies wonder if they were drunk at that time when worship rituals were really taken seriously by all Israelites.

The women of the Bible studied in several categories. We know about named, unnamed, wives, daughters, daughters-in-law, mothers, widows and other women. We are all very important to God. Whether we as women are mentioned in books, have been award winners or have been known worldwide, God cares, His son died for us and therefore we have not been forgotten by Him! Since we are guided by our Creator to do His will because we have a special connection to Him. We are to reach out to others and to help them understand God’s role in their lives.

In our time, we as Christian mothers may faithfully witness to our children. Sometimes we can help them and often we are unable to get their attention. With this family, God provided for us a positive role model in Elisheba, as a believing mother, with great blessings. Eleazar, Elisheba’s third son, honored his parents’ faith by following in their footsteps. He became the head of the Levites and then became a high priest in Aaron’s place. What is the value of godly role models? God may have put certain people in places of authority to have helped Moses and Aaron as well as the assistance we need today. The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Get Aaron and his son Eleazar and take them up Mount Hor. Remove Aaron’s garments and put them on his son Eleazar, for Aaron will be gathered to his people; he will die there” (Numbers 20:23-26). With childhood to adult observations of Moses and Aaron before helping Joshua with whom he was paired to lead the Israelites into the promised land. As a trusted advisor, Eleazar, probably supervised everything in the tabernacle. We, as modern-day believers, can continue to ask God to point out helpers, advisors and valuable role-models to help us fulfill His will in our lives. God puts people in our lives to help prepare us for His work. We can also ask God to help us persevere. Thank Him for His compassion and everlasting love, forgiveness and patience with wisdom to share helpful information with others.

All women of God want to be proud mothers, but if that is not possible we can be role models to children in the family and in our communities and add on foreign mission sponsorships. Since we continue to look to God, who is always in control, we can follow Elisheba’s example and be proud of His unexpected positive blessings of parenthood!

Mrs. Gladys R. McElmore, a resident of Norfolk’s Middle Town Arch Community, is a New Journal and Guide Freelance Contributor on religion. She is a native of Essex County, Va.

Abraham’s life was filled with many examples of a man who saw God as his protector. Are there risks in not putting our faith in God? Was our faith more important in the ancient world than it is presently? “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went” (Hebrews 11:8). God can give us security with all moves that we make. Faith gave Abraham his security.

Abraham’s faith pleased God who made him the founder of the Jewish nation. His name was originally Abram and God changed his name to Abraham to indicate a clear separation from the pagan world (Genesis 17:5). The new name, according to biblical history means “father of multitudes” which was part of God’s promise to Abraham that he would have many descendants. He saw a significant test of faith in God with the birth of Isaac, his promised son. He was 99 years old at the time (Genesis 11:30; 17:1-14).

Abraham’s story begins in Genesis 11, where his family’s relationships are recorded. How did God describe Abraham? Verse 6 in Genesis 15 tells us that Abraham believed the Lord who counted him as being righteous because of his faith. He was undoubtedly respected by others and became more successful after his faith increased. This fact is a major important message to us as we seek ways to follow God’s rules.

In this story we also learn that God desires dependence with faith increasing in Him and certainly faith in our ability to please Him. We must continue to ask Him for wisdom and strength as often as possible. God’s plan has always been to make Himself known to all of us.

His biographical sketch is mostly told from the book of Genesis, but Abraham is also mentioned in Exodus 2:24; Luke 3:34; Acts 7:2-8 and in other known references. Was Abraham young at the time he followed God’s plan? NO, he was 74 years old! We know that God can use us at any age or time that we make ourselves available. How was Abraham’s faith best recognized? How about his being a blessing to all families of the earth as stated in Genesis 12:3? With God’s promise of an heir who was not Abraham’s servant, (Genesis 15:4), a covenant was created insuring all that he needed to fulfill this well-known promise. Also in Genesis 15 God promised to be Abraham’s shield and reward while being asked not to be fearful.

At age 99 the Lord appeared to Abraham as written in Genesis 17 and reaffirmed His covenant promise of a son from him and his aged wife. How did Abraham respond? He laughed in disbelief! Scientific information would render the promise comical, but with God all things are possible at any time.

Because of the many fascinating and important events in Abraham’s life, when some of Abraham’s trials and victories are read, they may speak to our own situations. We can learn so much about this man whose life has inspired many. May we be challenged to grow in faith as we continue reading Scriptures!

Mrs. Gladys R. McElmore, a resident of Norfolk’s Middle Town Arch Community, is a New Journal and Guide Freelance Contributor on religion. She is a native of Essex County, Va.

Jabez lived in southern Israel after the conquest of Canaan and during the time of the judges. He was born into the tribe of Judah and eventually became the head of a clan. In Hebrew the name Jabez means pain or sorrow.

He had grown up hearing about the God of Israel who had freed his forefathers from slavery, rescued them from powerful enemies and finally established them in a land of plenty. Being an adult, Jabez believed and fervently hoped in this God of miracles. He prayed an unusual one sentence prayer. What are some important facts that we do not know about Jabez? The exact time frame, his age, marital status, possessions and his physical features are some unknown facts.

This little prayer has giant sized prizes. Things went extraordinary well because God granted his request. Jabez was a real person whose prayer for God’s blessings has changed the lives of millions. His Journey towards God’s answers makes a story which could have and will inspire us to come closer to the God who loves even the unlovable! Can prayer change circumstances? We all know the right answer to this question.

Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me.” God granted his requests. Is it possible for us to think of ways others have been blessed through us? If not, think of ways God may use us in the future.

God’s bounty is limited only by us, not by His nature, His resources, power or willingness to give. His nature is to bless His people. How is our coast or territory enlarged? Excellent examples may include family size, business adventures, more possessions and to multiply what the Lord has already granted. We ask, just as Jabez did, for God to remove stumbling blocks and limits on what we can do and who we can become. Undoubtedly, we too want our spaces enlarged in this world! Notice how Jabez left everything entirely up to God to decide WHAT, WHEN, and HOW his blessings would come!

Ask God’s blessings according to His will and not our merits. Jabez did not have the New Testament to read James 1:17 which tells us that every good and perfect gift is from above. Who knows better what to give us than God? He is the only One to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that worketh in us. Why not give God a chance in our lives? We can expect great things from God; we can attempt great things for God!

Ask God to be with us in all endeavors. In all our plans we can acknowledge Him and He will direct our paths. None of the accomplishments Jabez made are mentioned. God points out that he was more honorable than his brothers. With all of God’s plans, He wants to step into our lives and bless us abundantly, to let us do more for Him and expand our opportunities so that we can have a greater impact for the Lord. Let us say to God, “I’m available”!

Mrs. Gladys R. McElmore, a resident of Norfolk’s Middle Town Arch Community, is a New Journal and Guide Freelance Contributor on religion. She is a native of Essex County, Va.

In our chaotic world, we need some meaningful goals spiritually. We can continue to ask God to bless what we do to glorify Him. New expressions can include thoughts of His love and kindness toward us. With many pressing thoughts for the present time, our needs may still center around our failures and uncontrolled situations. Can we pray intensely for improvements and not see immediate results? How can we live our faith publicly? We can always seek God’s help to grow stronger with a bold commitment of our faith that radiates to others. So often we do not trust God as we should in our times of crisis. Are we to leave our unknown answers to God and continue to wait for His time?

As we use our time wisely to worship, we can praise God’s holy name and forget not His benefits to us! First and foremost, He forgives our many sins. From endless time, the Lord’s love is with those of us who fear Him and respect His righteousness. We are wise to continue praising Him. With admiring gratitude we can reposition ourselves to receive God’s steadfast love and accept His goodness.

Second and greatly needed is the healing of our mental and physical diseases. God redeems us and crowns us with love and compassion. Can we complete the list of His goodness, righteousness and justice for everyone? Are we treated by God according to our sins? We are human and God knows our weaknesses and that we are dust. He knows our frame and how we were formed because He created us! From the beginning, God’s interaction with human beings has been motivated by His love for us daily.

We know that human life is short. In Psalm 103:15-17, we read of the images of grass and a flower as reflections of the shortness of life. The steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting according to God in this Psalm (103). Since life can be short, let us continue being thankful for God’s strength to overcome our weaknesses! Also with amazing grace, we are always grateful for His love and mercy in spite of our shortcomings.

We can definitely feel blessed because they come in different sizes and shapes. In fact, we don’t always recognize them. Even when we are doing everything we think God wants us to do, we may still experience suffering. We are sometimes surprised that God does not answer the way we want or that His timing appears to be tardy. Do we sometimes feel forgotten or unloved by God? Our eyes may be opened much later to see the faithfulness of God as our situations change. When we lose one blessing, another one can be unexpectedly given by God in its place! We need to never forget our source of joy, peace and love upon which we can depend. Let us learn to trust in the Lord, continue to do good, rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him without worrying and being angry. God’s strength can make these things possible.

While considering God’s love for us, our best decision is to praise Him. As we study and learn more about God who has everything we need and so much more, let us not forget His goodness to all mankind! Why not ask God to empower us to stand for Him now?

Mrs. Gladys R. McElmore, a resident of Norfolk’s Middle Town Arch Community, is a New Journal and Guide Freelance Contributor on religion. She is a native of Essex County, Va.

By Gladys McElmore

King Herod had arrested some believers with plans to persecute them. He had James executed. These first century Christians suffered along with Peter who was put in prison and guarded by soldiers. Prayers to God were earnestly offered for him by faithful believers. What did God do to save Peter? How did God’s angel work assigned miracles? Peter’s prison chains suddenly disappeared as God’s plans unfolded! It is impossible for us to always understand God’s plans for us.

As the angel continued giving Peter instructions Peter did not understand the plan of escape. Somehow he thought a vision was occurring. Can we believe an iron gate opened by itself? Yes, it can if God is the gatekeeper! God can open gates that no man can close! Also God puts the right people in our lives to help us live for Him.

Rhoda, a servant girl, was terrified when Peter knocked at the outer entrance. She recognized Peter’s voice. What joy must have lit up her face when she saw Peter standing at the doorway! She ran screaming and forgot to open the door! Peter, no doubt, kept patiently knocking. When did God’s angel disappear? When the angel and Peter walked the length of one street, he was no longer visible.

Peter later realized that the Lord had sent His angel and rescued him from Herod’s control and also from everything the Jewish people were anticipating! While still trying to figure out all recent events, he traveled to the home of Mary, the mother of John Mark and heard Rhoda’s exclamation of Peter being at the door because of God’s miracle. She was so happy about God blessing Peter.

What was the jailhouse reaction? A great commotion among the soldiers and Peter instantly became a witness for God as any of us would have done under the same circumstances. What was Herod’s reaction? Did he praise God? Read Acts 12 to learn more about the end of Herod’s life. The word of God continued to increase and spread! Rhoda’s attitude compares to our feelings when we do not seem certain about God’s answers about our pleas. Immediate answers astound us too! We can persist in praying and get surprised by God who already knows our needs.

Was it easy for those early Christians to have believed Rhoda? Did she give up? She kept reporting the news even when the expected response did not come. Only when they saw Peter for themselves did they believe this simple servant’s testimony. God used an ordinary person to witness about Peter’s experience. Peter came inside and told his own story about the miraculous release by an angel, urged them to tell others about his escape and then moved on. What can we learn from Rhoda’s story? Rhoda’s faith in God made her stand firm. Her persistence succeeded. Do we need the same kind of faith in our own lives? Many doubters may believe, if only we stand firm.

Mrs. Gladys R. McElmore, a resident of Norfolk’s Middle Town Arch Community, is a New Journal and Guide Freelance Contributor on religion. She is a native of Essex County, Va.

By Gladys McElmore

The wise sayings of proverbs encourage us to be humble as we seek to please Almighty God. Job was a righteous man whom God tested to prove to Satan that faithfulness to Him was his first priority. In both of these books, we do not see the use of arrogance or boasting to accomplish anything.

In biblical terms, humility is considered a most needed virtue. Micah became an excellent example in showing us what God expects from people when he said, “Walk humbly with thy God” (Micah 6:8). It is wise for us to accept God as the most important person in our lives. He is also our best friend.

Proverbs gives practical advice for living a good life according to God’s plans for us. King Solomon and Agar were sent by God to dispense wise sayings. In Proverbs 30 there is a shift from human weakness and vice to animal behavior. Even today, with so much technology available, whatever happens remain beyond our full understanding. Being baffled by God’s divine word, we are always surprised by how little we know about anything. How are we kept humble? We must humble ourselves to realize our limitations of the countless mysteries in our world! What is a rock, a drop of water or a pushing breeze? We are grateful for all we know which cannot be compared to the unknown. Our very existence depends on God.

We learn from Matthew 5:3 that the poor in spirit are blessed for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Humility keeps us from boasting inappropriately when all that we have comes from God. Even when we think of ourselves as righteous; that too can be compared to filthy rags. How, then, can we boast?

As we look at humility, in our lives, how can we not be humble? With intensive thoughts, let us not become entrapped by thinking that we have some type of mighty power, wisdom or being covered in riches! Boasting can actually be foolish. Boasting can also be a cover-up for many insecurities and self-deceptions!

Wise believers must become humble when learning to follow God’s word. The Lord’s Prayer and Proverbs 30 acknowledge God and our dependence on Him. This prayer asks for this day’s needs and not more. Having a solid relationship with God, we confess our sins frequently and constantly ask for forgiveness. As humans we can treat each other in the same manner. Wise sayings in Proverbs, partitions and confessions in the Lord’s Prayer are repeated often because violations occur repeatedly by mistakes and weaknesses. Proverbs 30 warns about the dangers of pride and arrogance. Let us try looking around, especially outside, to learn that we have to depend on God for everything. There is nothing in nature that is man-made such as grass, trees or sunshine and many other items.

The book of Proverbs is full of wisdom from thoughts of creation and advancing details of worldly problems including confusions and evil that we experience. God continues to apply wisdom to present-day situations. He shows us the consequences of not following the plans designed for our benefit. What is more excellent than the poem of praise of an ideal wife?! According to Proverbs 4:7 wisdom is the principal thing and with all thy getting get understanding from God!

Mrs. Gladys R. McElmore, a resident of Norfolk’s Middle Town Arch Community, is a New Journal and Guide Freelance Contributor on religion. She is a native of Essex County, Va.

Why not journey through Scriptures to find truths that God wants us to practice? Why not be real with God? It may be helpful for us to begin trusting and leaning solely in the love of God while constantly seeking to know Him better and to be like Him! Our momentary troubles do not compare to the eternal glory that will far outweigh them all. So we dwell spiritually on things not seen since what is unseen is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).

Can we find satisfaction in yielding ourselves to the will of God? Do we always recognize our blessings? Our love and appreciate for God is more important than achieving our hopes and dreams when they do not come God’s way! An excellent example of humility is presented in 1 Chronicles 22 when David wanted to build the Lord’s temple. He had the right motives, the leadership ability and the resources. Yet God said no because David had killed too many people in battle. How did David accept this information? He could have easily become harmfully angry or continued on with his building plans without God’s approval. Being a king he could have said, ”I’ll do as I see fit.”

He could have said just like we do now, “Who am I, Lord God – that you have brought me this far?” (1 Chronicles 17:16). These words were included in King David’s prayers as he began praising God for His goodness. This works for us too to thank God rather than complain about our shortcomings. God may have other plans for us – better plans! David continued his spirit of thanksgiving as he praised God and affirmed his devotion to Him. He valued his relationships with God more than His own ambition. He made God’s will his first priority.

Read 1 Chronicles 17 to understand much more about God’s promise to David, the gratitude David expressed for his blessings and his acceptance of God’s plans. As humans also, do we let disappointments change us? Do God’s timing and design always match our expectations? We must move on and continue to trust God and unexpectedly see His new plans emerge. It is always surprisingly beneficial to trust God completely in all situations. Several examples in 1 Chronicles 17-22 undoubtedly show us how God does not always allow success with our plans, but to our faithfulness. Our resilience to failures shows us the compassion of God who yearns for us to turn to Him.

Counting God’s blessings is a task with an endless number in human standards. As always, God’s grace and mercy make all goodness possible. We have a loving God who pursues and invites us to accept Him. Remember that we have so much supernatural assistance from God our provider. May His amazing grace fill us with countless reasons to thank Him daily as our blessings outweigh life’s difficulties!

Mrs. Gladys R. McElmore, a resident of Norfolk’s Middle Town Arch Community, is a New Journal and Guide Freelance Contributor on religion. She is a native of Essex County, Va.

By God’s grace we can see victory in a fallen world and trust Him through faith and obedience. We often face battles and defeats, but victory in Christ can be ours as we learn to trust in His power. 1 John 5:4 tells us that, “Everyone born of God overcomes the world.” The apostle Paul advises us clearly to pursue love (1 Corinthians 14:1) as an essential activity of God himself. When we love others, we are doing our Christian duty and God is pleased with such good behavior.

To begin living as a new creature in Christ and following the way of love, plan a life of sacrifice. Why not create plans to show children the same patience God shows us? How can we show kindness to people in need? How can I rejoice with others when they are progressing? When trying to love others, turn to God as the source of love and to Jesus who is the greatest example of love. With much effort and time to gain a deeper knowledge of true love, we can find strength to love others like God loves us! John also tells us that “Love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God” (1 John 4:7). God is love and we are encouraged to love each other as we try to be like Him.

It is a great privilege to serve God in many meaningful ways. Serving others shows our love for God who never leaves us. In the darkest or brightest moments of our lives, the assurance of His presence gives us confidence of constant support for us as new creations of faith. Look to God as our helper, resist Satan’s suggestions of doubt and do not fear when good deeds are accomplished! The reality of His support will fill our hearts and minds with confidence and courage. It may be worthwhile to ask God to let us interact with love and respect in all our relationships. Let us learn to pray that others will see our efforts in a godly manner as we strive to be fair with everyone.

With steadfast minds we continue to fellowship with other followers of Jesus Christ to help us stay anchored in Him. Connecting with the Lord regularly enables us to be faithful to avoid losing our will power. In Ephesians 2, Paul reminded Christians of the remarkable way God had improved their lives and later mentioned that by grace we are saved. We are created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared to be our way of life. In an ever changing world, God has called and empowered us to follow a new pattern of life that reaches out to others and that also honors and glorifies Him!

Still, life as a new creation may not be easy to accomplish. It can take time to drop old habits, but with the Holy Spirit working with us, giving us daily inner strength, and a better view of God’s love, new creations will evolve and leave the past behind. Let us continue to do good works by helping, loving unconditionally, giving and serving to build a permanent new life style. For these reasons, God gives us new life of hope in Christ!

Mrs. Gladys R. McElmore, a resident of Norfolk’s Middle Town Arch Community, is a New Journal and Guide Freelance Contributor on religion. She is a native of Essex County, Va.

By Gladys McElmore

Jeremiah’s prophecies explain his ministry in Judah under the reign of the King Josiah and extended through the evil behaviors of other king’s before the fall of Jerusalem. Ezekiel 8 tells of priests who worshiped false gods. According to Jeremiah, he was the exception to other contemporary prophets among Judah’s leaders who were evil and corrupt. God sternly condemned Israel’s leaders whom He described as the nation’s shepherds. Instead of gathering and caring for the flock, these shepherds were scattering them! This led to more idolatry, desolation and being exiled.

What do we know or need to learn about the coming Branch of David? Did God’s promises come true? The word “Branch” is used in several passages of Scripture with references to the Messiah (Isaiah 4: 1-6; Zechariah 3:8-10; and Jeremiah 23 can be compared to Isaiah 11: 1-16). Jesus was born much later. The Messiah is a direct descendent of David who would be born to become a ruler over Israel. God’s covenant promise to David can be read in II Samuel 7:1-17. God promised to build David a spiritual house and with an eternal dynasty! Jeremiah   made the same prediction that Jesus would descend through David. Keep reading to learn that the future king would be known as “The Lord Our Righteousness” (Jeremiah 23:6). While He will be known as righteous, people will recognize that He will be their righteousness. We as Christians can learn more of the righteousness of Christ in the New Testament, especially in Romans 3:21-22 and II Corinthians 5:21.

In Jeremiah 33, we learn more about this Branch of Righteousness. In a repetition of information telling us that Christ will reign forever which will give David an eternal descendant on the throne. Throughout Jesus’ three years of ministry, we repeatedly learn of His work as a shepherd. Was the promise fulfilled immediately concerning the coming of the Messiah? Obviously 586 BC was quite some time to wait on the Lord’s plan. This was among the many blessings awaiting Israel upon their return to their homeland and restoration as told in Jeremiah 32 and 33. How did God use Jeremiah? He shows us of future hope with righteous rule and God also gave Jeremiah assurances that the people still had great expectations because of the coming of a Righteous Ruler.

At various times, many of us have felt despair and lack of a sense of endurance. Here in the book of Jeremiah we learn of a prophet who endured his commitment against all odds. Jeremiah was a prophet before the fall of Judah in 586 BC. In our prayers we can continue to thank God for the prophet Jeremiah who shared his suffering through these Bible verses. We can also continue to ask God for compassion in similar situations. We too watch our world dying in sin and hatred while rejecting God’s ways. Only when we have Jeremiah’s kind of concern will we make helpful choices. We can begin by asking God to help us to overcome our surrounding barriers to become stronger believers. We must continue to focus on God each day.

Jeremiah must have depended on God’s love as he developed endurance. Many people undoubtedly ignored his messages. He perhaps saw the excitement of a spiritual renewal and hopefully not the sorrow because of idolatry. Many kings other than Josiah saw no merit in Jeremiah’s warnings. How do we relate to Jeremiah’s experiences? Why do we too have despairing thoughts? Sometimes we forget that God is in control of our world according to His will. Like Jeremiah, we too are called to endure life’s never-ending challenges. We sometimes meet overwhelming tasks in all relationships and even in illnesses. Should we focus on our prayers, thoughts, plans and energy to solve problems, or should we draw on God’s resources as we wait on Him?

God’s love is everlasting and enabled Jeremiah to bear extreme humiliations and this same love can support us in our tribulations too. We, as a community of believers, can make endurance a positive pattern of thoughts, words, and deeds throughout our daily known trials!

Mrs. Gladys R. McElmore, a resident  of Norfolk’s Middle Town Arch Community, is a New  Journal and Guide Freelance Contributor on religion. She is a native of Essex County, Va.

As developing Christians, how can we nurture ourselves and others? With God’s help we can be witnesses in our world like the seventy-two that even the demons will submit to others in Jesus’ name. The Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of Him to every town and places where He was going to recruit converts. The seventy-two came back full of joy because even the demons obeyed when the name of Jesus was used! Some ancient manuscripts say seventy; some say seventy-two on a road trip to further spread the ministry of Jesus.

Can we use our most vivid imagination to see that extraordinarily successful mission? It was reported that even those by demons were cured when they were healed in Jesus’ name. Were they surprised? They had seen Jesus perform all kinds of miracles in various places. Their obvious amazement came because Jesus used them! He can use any of us at any given time to fulfill His mission.

He sent them out two together to every city and place where he would be going later. Through their imperfect lives, Jesus healed many more people than He could have personally ministered. Why not just forget about past performances, activities and involvements and begin to serve the Lord in meaningful ways in His name? Can we serve Him with limited resources? Remember how joyful the seventy-two must have been! They never forgot the power of the name of Jesus even to the demons. They prepared the way for Jesus. If a town accepted them, they were told to heal the sick there, if not they were simply to leave. Jesus can multiply our resources in unsearchable ways that are unknown to us!

Are we so busy following human rules that we miss out on understanding Jesus? Do we take scripture at its word and follow closely in the footsteps of Jesus? If He has breathed His Spirit upon us, we are ready for mission assignments! We will probably do well not to let doubt delay us for we have no good reason to wait!

Like the seventy-two, we are sinful humans to whom God has entrusted ministry through His Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. His works are accomplished sometimes through our hands. Should we engage in ministry fully aware of our own failures? Are we humbled that Jesus lets us work in His name? Our work is only blessed because we do ministry in His name. As people are healed, let us rejoice with those who have been blessed. If it is our own healing or that of others, we can do thankfully recognize the Great Physician’s work in response to faithful prayers!

Mrs. Gladys R. McElmore, a resident of Norfolk’s Middle Town Arch Community, is a New Journal and Guide Freelance Contributor on religion. She is a native of Essex County, Va.

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