The Christian Public Servant – “listen and then cover”

September 2, 2016 – Friday

Reading
2 Samuel 9:13 [NLT] And Mephibosheth, who was crippled in both feet, lived in Jerusalem and ate regularly at the king’s table.

Reflection
Where I live and work, there are a lot of people who are broken, hurt, and crippled – just like Mephibosheth. Some are physically hurt, limping with scars and healed broken bones that never set right. Some are crippled in the heart and mind – from what they did; from what they didn’t do to keep them from doing what they did; from what they are doing or not doing toward their loved-ones since arriving on Life Row.

Even on the outside, I have a friend who is not saved, does not go to church, but wants to share her crippled situation with me. So each time she calls, I listen and then cover her with the love of Christ – and that eases her shame and pain. It eases her hurting.

Is your setting so different? Is there someone in your home aching in some way? Do you not see the homeless and drug-addicts, crippled with no hope, sitting on the streets as you go to work? Is there not a coworker right next to you who is hurting in some way? Someone filled with pain? Someone filled with shame?

Today at work, and as you go to work and when you leave to come home after work, listen and then cover the hurting with the love of Jesus. Ease the pain. Ease the shame.

Yes today, listen and then cover the hurting with the love of Christ. And let that love invite them to come to the King’s table – just as they are.

Prayer
Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Continue to heal me, Father, for I too am crippled. I am hurting from fear. I am hurting from anger. I am hurting from frustration. These are just a few of my ailments. You know all of them. I come to Your Son because He listens and covers my hurting with His love. Continue to heal me, Lord, so that I listen and cover someone else with Your love. Amen.

Jimmy Davis, Jr.
Z-557 Unit N-10
Death Row
Holman Correctional Facility
Atmore, Alabama USA

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