HOLINESS IS at play when people draw attention to the truth of God simply by being …
Saint Francis of Assisi took a novice out for a day of preaching the gospel. As they left Assisi, they helped a farmer move his cart; down the road they talked with a merchant and listened to his problems; around noon they shared their meal with a hungry beggar; soon after lunch they prayed with a sick woman; on their way back, they helped a woman carry her heavy load. When they returned to the monastery at dark, the novice commented that the day was gone and they hadn’t preached to anyone. “My son,” Francis responded, “we’ve been sharing the gospel all day long.”
– Derek Maul
10 Life-Charged Words
From pages 93-94 of 10 Life-Charged Words: Real Faith for Men by Derek Maul. Copyright © 2012 by Derek Maul. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Look for ways to carry someone’s burden in the days ahead. Share your thoughts.
Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.
Pslam 36:5, NRSV
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This week we remember Anthony of Egypt (January 11).
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