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Weekly Devotionals

Be Faithful to the Work. Show Up.

When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. – Romans 12:13 (NLT)

As of Wednesday, we have entered the Lenten season, the time in the church calendar when we pray, fast, and reflect in acknowledgement of and preparation to observe Jesus’ sacrifice. The Lenten season is a time when the church global is more intentional about observing grief and pain.  For many who are experiencing pain in life this season can feel like a sigh of relief. As in- we are all finally all on the same page and being really honest about how hard life here can be.

Sitting in grief is hard. When it is our own grief there is often a temptation to push it to the side;  and when it is the grief of another- it takes real love and courage to join them there. It can feel easier to offer positivity or advice or answers. Or it can feel easier to get angry or find something to blame. I think of how when Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane he asked the disciples to stay awake and pray; to hold space with Him when He felt genuine fear and pain at what lay ahead. Unfortunately, the disciples fell asleep. It was likely hard to stay present for that pain. And what happened next when the soldiers showed up to arrest Jesus was that Peter pulled out his sword to fight. I find many of us can experience a parallel to this. Isn’t it often easier to fight or get angry or just frantically do something than to sit with someone in their pain?

We are meant to care for each other in times of need. We are to mourn with those who mourn. This takes a lot of courage and love but when we show up for each other- it is a beautiful expression of being the hands and feet of Jesus.

I have a sticky note up in my workspace that reads: “Be faithful to the work. Show up.” Something about this little reminder is so powerful for me to read before I have a counseling session. A reminder that the call is to fully show up in love for another person. Even if I’m tired or in a bad mood or have my own stuff going on. Be faithful to the work- show up. This reminder to be faithful to the work and show up- it’s not just for counselors or caregivers. It is for all of us. Our work is to be ambassadors of Christ and show His love everywhere. This means fully showing up with our whole hearts for each other. To not isolate when that would be easier and to not stay on the surface and only offer easy answers, but to fully show up in love as ambassadors of Christ.

This week let’s show up for the people in our lives however we can. We all have different gifts and ways we can show up in love. As it reads in 1 Peter 4:10-11: Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.

Let us be a community of care that does not avoid deeply caring and surrounding each other when life feels like too much. We don’t need to have advice or answers or know exactly what to do- what we need to do is to show up and love. May you be blessed when you show up on someone’s hardest day and offer the gift of your presence and of Holy Spirit-led peace and love.