Mosaic of Ministry

As I sing in choir on Sunday, I look around and am constantly amused by the people the Lord has brought to this ministry.

On one side of me is the elderly lady who’s voice has the amazing timbre of a muted trumpet. I can say that I’ve never heard anything quite like it…and that is fine with me!

On the other side of me is the absent-minded doctor who greets you several times because he forgot the last two “Good morning to you!”s. Beside him is the congenial elderly widower who grovels a very resonant octave below the bass line.

In front of me is the new mother to a blind infant. She totes him along and as he gazes around, you can read on his face every emotion he feels toward the music. He even keeps time!

Next to her is the energetic mother of two adorable little boys. They both toddle to choir, backpack-laden and smiling. They feed off of their mother’s enthusiasm as she sings praises to God. This past week, as she was lovingly disciplining them, they zipped up to Daddy’s row to stand by him. As they breezed down my aisle, she whipped around and inquired “are they going someplace logical?” Then, seeing her husband, smiled, winked and turned around.

In the front row cluster a gaggle of self-conscious high-school girls wonder why they have to stand in the front row, if the boys 5 rows back can see their imperfections, and if they will make it across the stage without tripping one more Sunday.

What amazes me is that a group so diverse can testify to one thing: They have been given mercy from Christ to minister. This is prime evidence that God chooses to use us. We have no ministry in ourselves. There is not one right path of life which God uses. God redeems and we testify (1 Cor 15:1-11). Praise him for his mercy!

2 Cor 4:1 “Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart.”


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. loganash
    Oct 01, 2008 @ 07:33:53

    Very nicely described. Sounds like quite a group of people!
    I think it’s really interesting to take the time to just stop and look around you at all the diverse types of people who congregate together, unified for one reason or another.


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