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“The purpose of the Divine Office or the Liturgy of the Hours is to sanctify the day and all human activity.”
– Apostolic Constitution, Canticum Laudis.
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Vivian and Don are in their mid-90s and have been married more than 70 years. Recently Vivian suffered a setback when she broke her hip. This has been additionally difficult because for several years both Don and Vivian have been saddened by the realization that they are no longer strong enough to be active in the life and work of their church.
However, Vivian and Don are still hard at work for the Lord: They are prayer warriors. While they may not always be physically present and visible in the life of their church, they are faithful “behind the scenes” in their service for Him.
The parable of the talents in Matthew 25 reminds us that we must use the “talents” God has given us wisely. All of us have God-given skills and abilities at various levels—and we must not bury, unused, what God has given us.
It is not only in our years of strength that God will use us, but also in our youth and age, as well as in our sickness and weakness. Vivian and Don continue to serve by praying. And like them, we honor our Savior by using our skills—“each according to his own ability” (v.15) to serve Him who is worthy.
Lord, You have done so much for me. Please show
me what I can do to serve You—to honor You with
the abilities You have provided. May my life be a
living sacrifice of love and action for Your honor.
God can use you at any age—if you are willing.
The parable of the talents contains a profound and enduring message to the believer. It drives home the point that we will be justly compensated for the use of our Spirit-filled talents. Both motive and faithfulness will be key factors in how we are evaluated at the judgment (Bema) seat of Christ (2 Cor. 5:10). “Good works” performed in the energy of the flesh or for the wrong motives will be burned up. But faithful, Spirit-filled service will be rewarded (1 Cor. 3:12-15).
A large, well established, Canadian lumber camp advertised that
they were looking for a good Lumberjack. The very next day, a
skinny little man showed up at the camp with his axe, and
knocked on the head lumberjacks' door.
The head lumberjack took one look at the little man and told him
to leave. "Just give me a chance to show you what I can do,"
said the skinny man.
"Okay, see that giant redwood over there?" said the lumberjack.
"Take your axe and go cut it down."
The skinny man headed for the tree, and in five minutes he was
back knocking on the lumberjack's door.
"I cut the tree down," said the man. The lumberjack couldn't
believe his eyes and said, "Where did you get the skill to chop
down trees like that?"
"In the Sahara Forest," replied the slim man.
"You mean the Sahara Desert," said the lumberjack.
The little man laughed and answered back,
"Oh sure, that's what they call it now!"
The Moral of the story:
Do judge a tree by its leaves or a book by it's cover!!!