November 14, 2023
Servanthood
We have done what we were obliged to do.
Luke 17:10

As a busy working mother, today’s Gospel parable hits close to home. Is Jesus serious here? The servant must work all day and then come home and prepare a meal? Sounds a lot like a mom’s life.

Just the other day I found myself entertaining the fantasy of all the chaos that would ensue should I abruptly cease all the little, unseen chores I do every day. I imagined watching my family collapse in despair and ask one another, “When did we start living in a house of hoarders? We need Mom! Now!”

Then I snapped out of my revenge reverie and got back to work.


A mother’s work is never done—neither is the work of a Christian servant. Yet, we are obliged to keep giving, to keep loving and to recognize that even the most menial tasks can be offered up for the Greater Glory.

Lord, I am an unworthy—and sometimes selfish—servant. Give me the strength and grace to report for duty, nonetheless

- Kate Wicker

Wisdom 2:23—3:9 • Psalm 34:2-3, 16-19 • Luke 17:7-10
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November 14, 2023 at 08:19 PM

Help me please Jesus to do what I am being called to do especially when its hard to do the work ahead of me. Help me to be there in love for those who need me Amen Amen Amen

November 14, 2023 at 02:51 PM

*** Indeed, this should be my attitude as a servant of the most high God in Luke 17:10, "Suppose you have done everything you were told to do. Then you should say, ‘We are not worthy to serve You. We have only done our duty.’ ” *** To be a servant of Christ in 1 Timothy 4:6, "Point out these things to the brothers and sisters. Then you will serve Christ Jesus well. You will show that you’ve grown in the truths of the faith. You will show that you’ve been trained by the good teaching you’ve obeyed." *** As a servant of Christ I am supposed to point out to the brothers and sisters these things in 1 Timothy 4:1-5, "The Holy Spirit clearly says that in the last days some people will leave the faith. They will follow spirits that will fool them. They will believe things that demons will teach them. Teachings like those come from liars who pretend to be what they are not. Their sense of what is right and wrong has been destroyed. It’s as though it has been burned with a hot iron. They do not allow people to get married. They order them not to eat certain foods. But God created those foods. So people who believe and know the truth should receive them and give thanks for them. Everything God created is good. You shouldn’t turn anything down. Instead, you should thank God for it. The Word of God and prayer make it holy!" ******* This is what it means to be a servant of God fo rme in Galatians 2:19-21, "By the law, I died as far as the law is concerned. I died so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ. I don’t live any longer, but Christ lives in me. Now I live my life in my body by faith in the Son of God. He loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not get rid of the grace of God. What if a person could become right with God by obeying the law? Then Christ died for nothing!" *** My attitude as a servant of Christ in Colossains 3:23-24, "Work at everything you do with all your heart. Work as if you were working for the Lord, not for human masters. Work because you know that you will finally receive as a reward what the Lord wants you to have. You are slaves of the Lord Christ." Amen!!!

November 14, 2023 at 11:26 AM

Prayer request for all Christian servants in https://youtu.be/wOpCL9d_S1Q?si=eYunreee3y8cVtrz

November 14, 2023 at 10:11 AM

Thank you so much, Kate! Your reflection is spot on. Dear Lord Jesus, please continue to let me report for duty, need to make up for lost time. Best Wishes to the LFF and their families. I’m grateful for all of you. ❤️

November 14, 2023 at 10:04 AM

Oh my Kate, I giggled at your "revenge reverie"! I've had a few of those episodes in my life! I wasn't blessed with children, but there have been other issues that have prompted reruns in my mind! Praying to be a good servant this day. God Bless Us All And All Who We Love!

November 14, 2023 at 09:45 AM

Amen.

November 14, 2023 at 08:56 AM

AMEN!

November 14, 2023 at 08:44 AM

Lord give me the strength and courage to help others and do your work here in your name I pray

November 14, 2023 at 08:44 AM

God bless all those who are doing your work in small but meaningful tasks. Remind them that you know and remember each task and their faithfulness. Bless Cass as she does treatment #5 today. Help to continue to be positive and take the side effects in stride. May she lean on you more and more each day. Bless LFF, their families and their friends.

November 14, 2023 at 08:42 AM

Amen Amen Amen Kate. ❤️. Thanks for capturing the mother’s persona so perfectly. Thank you God for all you have blessed me with. Praying for safe travels for son Cooper who will be traveling home from Doha tomorrow. Amen.

November 14, 2023 at 08:39 AM

Lord, please watch over and protect those suffering in the Middle East and the humanitarian corridors being established in Gaza. Hear our continued prayers for those in the Middle East, Ukraine, Russia, the Sudan, 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 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.

November 14, 2023 at 08:12 AM

Amen. :)

November 14, 2023 at 08:07 AM

Thank you Kate for your comments. A woman’s tasks are done out of love, to provide her family a comfortable and welcoming home, meals to nourish their bodies and an atmosphere of mutual caring and respect. The same is true when we serve the Lord with our time and talent. When we do so out of love we too are providing comfort and a welcoming atmosphere, we may also be providing nourishment for the souls entrusted to our care, but most of all we are sharing the love of Jesus even in the most menial tasks.

November 14, 2023 at 07:57 AM

Amen Amen Kate....I will rally on by the Grace of God to continue my motherly duties and my servanthood....please forgive me Lord for all those times I faltered

November 14, 2023 at 06:29 AM

Amen

November 14, 2023 at 06:09 AM

Amen :)

November 14, 2023 at 06:09 AM

Amen :)

November 14, 2023 at 05:57 AM

Amen Kate! May God’s grace be with you and all servant mothers today! God Bless!

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