Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church: first are apostles, second are prophets, third are teachers, then those who do miracles, those who have the gift of healing, those who can help others, those who have the gift of leadership, those who speak in unknown languages. 1 Corinthians 12:28 (NLT)
OBSERVATION: Note that after the gift of teaching come those who God uses to perform HIS miracles, HIS healing and HIS help to others. Drinking my coffee one morning a calmness flowed through me and the thought that I really did not need to be at work on time occurred. That day I left an hour later than normal. While stopped at an intersection my radio/pager went off. The 911 operator told our department to respond to an address where a 3 week old infant was not breathing. Looking up I realized the address was the house directly across the intersection. The mother, infant in hand, ran out of the house screaming, “God don’t let my baby die.” That morning a mother’s prayer was answered.
PRAYER: Merciful Father, You have answered the prayers of those in physical anguish and despair by placing Your servants – EMT’s and Paramedics at the right place and at the right time to heal those in desperate need. Good Samaritan Servants, sometimes at the risk of their own life, that step forward to aid both friend and stranger. Servants that give us a marvelous example of the great commandment – love one another. Father, send down Your blessings on these Your servants, who so generously devote themselves to helping others. Place Your hand of protection around them. Grant them courage when they are afraid, wisdom and ready recall of their skills when they must make quick decisions, strength when they are weary, and provide them with a strong, calming presence to those they encounter. We pray that You will overwhelm them with Your love and that you surround them with believers who will pray and encourage them. Father, thank you for these good Samaritan Servants that serve our community. In the name of Jesus, Amen.