Friday, August 14, 2009

The testimony of new life

Today’s Reading: Acts 4:33 (NIV)

33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all.

Good morning!

What is your life’s testimony? How do you live it out each day?

The world has been captivated this week by the outpouring of stories shared by family and friends who are remembering the amazing life of Eunice Kennedy Shriver. It was the impact of her own grief and heartbreak for her older sister Rosemary that prompted Eunice to make a difference for children suffering with developmental disabilities and their families. She launched the first Special Olympics in 1968 at Soldier’s Field in Chicago. That single event, which started with 1,000 athletes, has grown to over 3 million participating athletes in the last forty years. Eunice Kennedy Shriver saw intrinsic worth and value in every human heart. It was her faith in Jesus Christ that allowed her to reach out with His love and touch a hurting world. Her visionary leadership and unwavering hope ushered in a new way of life for families touched by disabilities all around the world. What a beautiful testimony and tribute to a woman of great faith.

A few weeks ago, a young Christian wife and mother was seriously injured in a biking accident. Her husband continues to publicly pray and praise God daily for His healing mercies even in the midst of a catastrophic, life-changing circumstance. There is no greater faith example than the people who choose to toss personal fear and anxiety aside and live out what they believe day by day. This is the life example and legacy of Peter and John and all the apostles, who continually testified to the resurrection of Jesus Christ with great power and grace, even in the midst of personal tribulation and adversity.

We live in an imperfect world. When we learn to fully rely upon the Lord Jesus Christ for our source of help and hope, we can find strength together and help in time of need. God can and will use you to make an everlasting difference in the life of another human heart. Are you willing to look beyond your circumstance, and see all the possibilities for His hope in the world? Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Do not be afraid to share what Jesus has done for you. Your testimony of faith may just be the catalyst to restore new life to another human heart.

Grace and peace,

Deb Spaulding

Faith UMC - St. Charles, MO


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