Sunday, April 27
Daily Office: Isaiah 43:8-13 ¨ Psalm 147 ¨ 1 Peter 2:2-10 ¨ John 14:1-7
“..and let them hear and say ‘It is true.’
You are my witnesses, says the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen.
So that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he.
— Isaiah 43:9-10
It is daunting to be chosen by God as God’s witness on earth. Me? Seriously?
My friend, Marcy, died in 2004. I miss her. She was a saucy, shy, direct, pragmatist who gave me a “course correction” when I was adrift, and a kick in the pants when I was wrong. She defined “spiritual” and was a true witness of God’s love.
Seeker walked her dogs every morning, and they would scamper along the bayou, noses to the ground, “reading their newspaper;” reading/hearing something Seeker would never understand.
Seeker mused that while observing the dogs, her thoughts ran to God’s presence in today’s world. How does God choose to speak to me? Am I listening? Do I hear?
Then my “aha moment”. Marcy lived near the bayou, ran her dogs every morning, and was the most spiritual person I knew……….yet she saw herself as “Seeker”. I was stunned. Her life, her humility, her words had been a powerful witness to me. She didn’t know?
Marcy listened for God. She witnessed to me.
I must keep listening – even when I fail.
Keep awake. Keep listening. Hear. Witness. Someone I don’t know is waiting.
- Paula Patterson
Paula has been a member of St. Stephen's for 24 years, serves in Children's Formation and Children's Chapel, and is a member of Rosary Prayer group.