Graduation invitations, stamps, and the ministry of healing.

I had an interesting encounter in the post office yesterday. I was on my way home from Sewanee and I happened to be wearing clericals after serving in chapel that morning. I had my graduation invitations addressed and ready to mail, so I stopped at the local post office to get stamps.

In the lobby of the post office, I saw a woman who appeared to be a bit distraught. When our eyes met, she said to me, “You are obviously a ‘man of God’.” I smiled, and she asked me if I would pray for her because she had just been diagnosed with cancer. I asked her what her name was, and then asked if I could pray for her right there. She looked surprised and her eyes welled up and she said, “please.” We held hands in the lobby of that post office and prayed.

All of our circumstances are all fraught with unseen fears, tragedies, and challenges and it is when we are taken out of our selves, God allows us to be a part of the ministry of healing for others. Be ready and open to those times when, in the most unpredictable circumstances, God will call us to serve each other, to comfort each other, to pray with and for each other.

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