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Standing in the Gap

                                                                    October 11, 2017

Dear Friends,

I wished him luck as I dropped him off at a friend's house. He smiled
and said, "I don't need luck because God is with me."  He was right.
He had just returned from a recovery program and was doing well.  
He said he felt like he was a new man and had been born again.

Adam was ready to claim his new life.  Then he said something that
caused me to stop and think. He said, "I know God's watching over
me because he sent you when I needed the help."  I was dumbfounded.  
Me?  I didn't think that what I was doing was extraordinary.

He went on to say that he had failed so many times.  He had burned so
many bridges and no one was answering his calls anymore.  At wit's end,
he was ready to give up.  He prayed to God and thought of me.  He
looked up my number and made the call.  The rest is history.

As I heard his story, I couldn't help but think of my natural mother.  
She was an alcoholic. Caught in the cycle of addiction, she lost
everything.  She abandoned her family, lived on the good graces of
others and moved from couch to couch.  At the age of 32 she died

When Adam's call came I never thought of it as "a God thing."  I simply
did what I have done so many times.  I was faced with a person in need.  
I did what I could.  I gave him a ride.  I listened to his story.  I prayed
with him.  You probably would have done the same thing.

It struck me after hearing Adam's comment that this is often the way
God answers our prayers. He sends people like you and me into the
gap to meet the person.  We become the human face, the friendly
touch, a listening ear that says "God cares."  It doesn't take much
to make a difference.

Some people like to say that they just showed up or that being there
was a coincidence.  I've come to know better.  When we give ourselves
to God and ask Him to use us, He does.  God directs us to a place
where we can be an answer to prayer.

That was true for my mom.  A friend invited her to go to church a few
days before she died.  In her last letter to me she said that she had
found the peace she was looking for.  God had answered her prayers.  
I look back now and thank God for that unknown friend every day.

So keep doing what you are doing.  Serve the Lord.  Answer the call
when it comes and you will be a blessing that someone will be thanking
you for in the years to come.

God bless! See you in church.
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