October 30, 2023
Allow the Lord to Work
God gives a home to the forsaken;
he leads forth prisoners to prosperity.
Psalm 68:7

I often forget to put out my trash for collection. Well, let’s be honest. It’s not so much “forget” as “procrastinate”—until that moment I hear the trash trucks at the corner, and it’s too late.

A few months ago, my neighbor had surgery, and one of the small ways I helped was by taking care of her trash. I never did forget to get it down to the curb, which, not surprisingly, led me to unfailingly get the job done for myself. A little thing but telling, I thought.

God works in our world to heal, rescue and comfort in many ways, including through our own hands. And then what do we find when we’re a part of this circle? Perhaps that allowing the Lord to work through us to offer others justice, freedom or even just a helping hand teaches us and leads to our own growth as well.

God of Love, work through me and teach me.

- Amy Welborn

Romans 8:12-17 • Psalm 68:2, 4, 6-7, 20-21 • Luke 13:10-17

Comments

October 30, 2023 at 08:59 PM

Thank You Father for teaching me Your Will Amen Amen Amen

October 30, 2023 at 12:25 PM

Amy, Your devotional today reminds me of Matthew Kelly’s concept of “Holy Moments”. What is a Holy Moment? A Holy Moment is a single moment in which you open yourself to God. You make yourself available to Him. You set aside personal preferences and self-interest, and for one moment you do what you prayerfully believe God is calling you to do. Every single day, I read about the Holy Moments that the LFF partakes in, no matter how big or small they are. So inspirational to be here with all of you on this journey. May we continue to be open to God to spread Holy Moments to those who we come into contact with each day.

jane
October 31, 2023 at 07:34 AM

Bill…I am a big Matthew Kelly fan and I love Holy Moments. Thanks for making one!

October 30, 2023 at 10:13 AM

Lord work through me and help me to remember that you put me here to serve you and your people to always be kind and considerate to all peoples in your name I pray

October 30, 2023 at 10:01 AM

Good morning Amy and thank you so much for reminding us that what we may perceive as little things are very special and comforting to those we serve. Thank you for all your beautiful reflections over the years. Love the ones of you and your son.

October 30, 2023 at 09:07 AM

Amy thank you for your words of strength. I feel so lost in the world right now that words of encouragement help me to start my day. Blessings to all the LFF! You are amazing people. May we all go out and spread the love of God to everyone we meet. Blessing to all those with special requests Suzette soul, Kaleb, Griffin, Cass, Judy, Suzan, Bill L., Stephanie, Maryanne, Carl, Beth, Christine, Victoria, Terry Danny, Betsy, Pam, Liz, Scoop, Vincent, Salina and Jessi, Marco and anyone I missed or may hold needs in their heart quietly.

Nancy
October 30, 2023 at 12:32 PM

Stormy, thank you for being an inspiration to me. You are always encouraging everyone to keep going and always lean on Jesus. Praying for you during this difficult time.

peggyR
October 30, 2023 at 10:16 AM

Hi Stormy, hope you know that all of us in the LFF are here for you today and every day. You are grieving your beloved Shiloh and it must be so difficult for you. May your memories of Shiloh comfort you and bring you peace. ❤️

October 30, 2023 at 08:30 AM

AMEN!

October 30, 2023 at 08:16 AM

Amen. :)

October 30, 2023 at 07:56 AM

Thank you Amy for the reminder. I wish a great week to all!

October 30, 2023 at 07:49 AM

Lord, please hear our continued prayers for those grieving in Lewiston, Maine and the extended community. Also our continued petitions for the Ukraine and Middle East, and all those suffering around the world - also for their strength, courage and resilience to continue walking in faith. Father in Heaven, have mercy on us and on the whole world! You sent Your Son, the Prince of Peace, for the salvation of the world. We pray that the Peace of Christ will reign in Maine, the Middle East, Ukraine, Russia and Sudan. Please protect and send aid to those in need and all who are at-risk. We pray for peace and rebuilding– we who are working towards it and for all those who are suffering or in danger from conflicts. We pray for an end to violence and war – we pray for wisdom for all leaders who have a hand in this. Lord God please help those in most need of thy mercy. Amen.

Bruce K
October 30, 2023 at 08:10 AM

Jane, Your heartfelt prayers of peoples to pray for continues to grow, and so does our parish’s book of intercessions, and so does the wall of pinned prayers at a nearby church. And so does our hope.

October 30, 2023 at 07:21 AM

Living faith family. At class yesterday morning the priest came in with a decon to say hello. Class was Impressed asked questions about decons baldness, he told them he was made that way by God, I interjected made special, about the things they were wearing. Chasuble. The priest asked about what they were learning they said "prayers and sign of the cross in three languages. Living faith family I was so proud of them. Went they left they thanked me for volunteering to teach the class. I told them I got more from them than I gave. Ken

Stormy
October 30, 2023 at 09:01 AM

Great story Ken and you have blessed those kids with a memory for life. You are a special person and God works through you.

jane
October 30, 2023 at 07:59 AM

Ken, sounds like a fantastic class with great engagement from the kids. Thanks for bringing them into the conversation! God clearly made you special, too!

Lia
October 30, 2023 at 07:44 AM

Amen. So true!! This happens to me often :) Thank you Ken for the beautiful prayer :) It brought tears to my eyes.

October 30, 2023 at 06:59 AM

My deepest condolences to Suzette’s family and to you, Cheryl. Suzette was so very blessed to have you in her life and to have your wonderful friendship. May Our Lord comfort you all during this difficult time.

October 30, 2023 at 05:35 AM

Thank you Amy...our Lord does work in mysterious ways to guide us through....LFF, thank you all so much for your prayers to dear, beloved, sweet Suzette....she passed on peacefully yesterday to be with our Father

JJC
October 31, 2023 at 07:18 AM

Sharing in your loss Cheryl . Prayers for peace and consolation to you and all of Suzette's family. May God rest her soul peacefully.

Nancy
October 30, 2023 at 12:39 PM

Cheryl so sorry about Suzette. Prayers for you and her family. She is with God now and at peace.

Pam
October 30, 2023 at 11:06 AM

Cheryl, I believe that Suzette went Home, lifted in love and prayer. God Bless Suzette And ALL Who Love Her.❣️

peggyR
October 30, 2023 at 09:57 AM

Dear Cheryl, so sorry for the loss of your beloved Suzette. Her suffering is over and she lives in the freedom and glory of Our Lord. Sending prayers of wand comfort to you and her family as you begin to grieve her loss. May Jesus and Mary be with you all.

Stormy
October 30, 2023 at 08:59 AM

Cheryl so sorry for the loss. I will pray for her soul and all those that loved her and will miss her for those left behind are the ones that suffer.

jane
October 30, 2023 at 07:52 AM

Cheryl, I’m so sorry to hear this heartbreaking story. May Suzette find peace and wholeness in her new home. Thank you for being such a good friend to her.

Kjc
October 30, 2023 at 07:33 AM

Cheryl please share this with Suzette's family it brought me comfort when my wife and best friend Kathy went to be with the Lord. Suzette God looked around his and he found an empty place. Then he looked upon the earth and saw your tired face. He put his arm around you and lifted you to rest. God's garden must be beautiful. He always takes the best. He knew that you were suffering. He knew that you were in pain. He knew that you would never get well on earth again. He saw the road was getting rough and the hills were hard to climb. So he closed your weary eyelids and he whispered "Peace Be Thine " . It broke our hearts to lose you but you didn't go alone. For part of Us went with you, the day God called you home. )) Ken

Beth
October 30, 2023 at 07:18 AM

Heavenly Father, wrap Your loving arms around the family and friends of Suzette as they grieve her loss. May they find peace knowing that she will be with You in Your eternal kingdom. Amen.

Kjc
October 30, 2023 at 07:16 AM

Cheryl I am sorry to hear about your loss but God's gain. I will pray for you and her this morning at Mass. Ken

Joann
October 30, 2023 at 06:44 AM

Sorry for your loss. Prayers of comfort for you and Suzette`s family. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord and let perpetual Light shine upon her.

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