“Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.” 1st Corinthians 12:7-11 NIV
“The more I think about the human suffering in the world and my desire to offer a healing response, the more I realize it is crucial not to allow myself to become paralyzed by feelings of impotence and guilt. More important than ever is to be very faithful to my vocation. To do well in the few things I am called to do and hold on to the joy and peace they bring me. I must resist the temptation to let the forces of darkness pull me into despair and make me one more of their many victims.” Henri Nouwen
Do you feel inadequate? Deficient? Scared? Imposter? Big mess? Me too. We all are. When these feelings happen to me, and they’re happening now with the 9/11 observations, I realize I’m going in my own strength. He needs to work through me and in me. 9/11 was definitely “the worst of times.” 9/11 was “the best of times.” I’m remembering with affection and sorrow all the people that came together to rescue, comfort, heal, pray, lead and encourage. Many never came home. From the Queen of England to the unknown on Flight 93, God was there. He worked through them. He worked through us. He grieved with us. If only we could go back to 9/12 and be like we were then. With our spiritual gifts, we can. With his strength, we can.
I remember a tale about two angels. You probably do to. One was sent to Earth to rule the world. The other was sent to sweep the streets. They both were ecstatic to serve because they served the father. Their service was worshipping the Great I Am. The Father valued both and honored both.
Thank you for the many gifts you have given us. Help us to value and steward these gifts as an honor to you. Thank you that we never have to go in our own strength. Remind us when we indulge in our perceived lack of gifts that apart from you, we really can do nothing. Remind us how very fortunate we are that you chose us to do your work. Remind us of Jesus’ humility. Help us to operate in love, the greatest gift, and not fear.