January 5

January 5, 2021
by: Terry Abel
When He, the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth.”   – John 16:13

 Since I started writing devotions for St. Timothy’s months back, the feedback I’ve received has been mainly positive.  Thank you to all of you who have thanked me for my efforts.  I appreciate your taking the time to call or write back to me, and even deliver Christmas goodies to me, even if I don’t always “thank you for the thank you.”  God knows you made the effort.

Last week, when I wrote about Zubi, a friend of the congregation who passed away on December 11th, I learned that Zubi was from Pakistan and the wife of an engineer and the mother of three grown sons.  She knew her cooking recipes by heart and was an excellent cook and would go the extra mile to cook extra batches of food for people who were unable to cook for themselves.  

It continues to amaze me how God can put people on our paths, much different from us, like Zubi, who we can learn from.  My cousin, Lisa at one point managed a home in Santa Clara of young women with disabilities.  She said that after she taught these girls to do laundry, they practically would jump for joy when they finished a load, because it gave them such a wonderful feeling of satisfaction and completion.  

Corrie Ten Boom believed that we should be mindful of all humans who are on our path.  She said she learned much from some of her struggling students she taught.  Sometimes by going slower we actually go faster.  My paternal grandmother used to say, “The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.”  This pandemic is slowing us down, but perhaps when it is over, we will all be ahead.

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for allowing us to learn through the feedback of others and how it guides us to slow down and hear truth.                               Amen                                                                                                                                                                                                

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