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Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of Oct. 14, 2001

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  • Adam DeBaugh
    As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press, here is a meditation from The Road to Emmaus, a book of daily meditations written by and for the LGBT
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 15, 2001
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      As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press, here
      is a meditation from 'The Road to Emmaus,' a book of
      daily meditations written by and for the LGBT community
      of faith. This meditation was written by Andy T. Sidden.

      Please feel free to forward this to your friends.

      Please read Matthew 9:35-10:4

      God doesn�t call extraordinary people to do ordinary works,
      but ordinary people to do extraordinary ones.

      A student pastor had prayed for someone who could take
      snapshots for the church scrapbook and was thrilled when
      a newcomer to the congregation said she was a shutterbug.

      Kathy balked, though, when he offered her the assignment.
      �I�m not a professional,� she said. �I had hoped to work
      with someone who was, someone who could help me improve.�

      The student pastor thought for a minute. He had no one
      else.

      �Kathy, you have a camera and you�re willing,� he said.
      �You�re the closest thing to a professional that we have.
      Ask God to help you improve. God will make you into a
      pro.�

      Ever so slowly, a smile crept across Kathy�s face. �Okay,�
      she said. �I�ll do it.� Still smiling, Kathy started to
      walk away, then turned back to the student pastor.

      �Me, a professional? Imagine that,� she said.

      The pastor-to-be nodded. �Imagine that.�

      God calls each of us, just as the disciples were called.
      And just as the disciples were ordinary people with
      ordinary skills and ordinary shortcomings, so are we.
      The student pastor knew that well from the recent calling
      in his own life.

      He also knew that through Christ�s life we are given a
      wonderful job description of what our tasks will be. All
      we have to do is be willing. God will supply everything
      else that is needed to make us pros.

      Dear Savior, give us the wisdom to follow the course that
      you have set for our lives and our ministry. Be with us as
      we follow your call for us. Amen.

      Grace and peace,

      R. Adam DeBaugh and Kevin Stone Fries
      Chi Rho Press

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