PRAY & PRAISE
This week, pray for the thousands of YFC staff who would have loved to attend General Assembly but for any number of reasons were unable to participate. One of the GA themes is ONE YFC and we would ask that the Holy Spirit would bind hearts of YFC men and women together, though near and far, during this GA week. Pray for seminar leaders and speakers. Pray also in particular for the GA program team – that they would have supernatural energies to carry them through this exhausting and hopefully exhilarating week.
I Corinthians 13: 13
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
Outgiving the Poor
One of my greatest and humbling joys has been to receive gifts from the poor. In Quilpué, Chile, I was in the house of a very, very poor man. He insisted on giving me a wooden, hand-carved wall hanging even though it was the only thing of noticeable beauty in his home. The verse on it says (in Spanish), “So now faith, hope and love abide; but the greatest of these is love.” When my Chilean friend told me that the plaque had originally been given to him by impoverished inmates in a maximum security penitentiary, I realised that I was the recipient of a flowing generosity. I Corinthians 13: 13 reminds us that love is the pinnacle gift, but in great part because it is the conduit through which all the other “mercies” flow – faith, hope and yes, generosity. The poor of our planet are often the greatest examples of that sweet, generous, God-exemplifying affection.