1243) Let Me Not Live to Be Useless

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     She was 89.  Her arthritis kept her from moving around freely in the nursing home, and now that her sight was gone, she was even more reluctant to venture out on her own.  She had no family, and all her friends were gone.  No one came to visit her.

     Most days she lay on her bed wrapped in an afghan.    “I’m not good for anything anymore,” she said; but then added, “All I can do is pray.”

     At first her prayers were only for herself, almost self-pitying prayers.  Then she got bolder, as she thought of the children she used to babysit, now adults.  She began to think pray-fully of them, even praying urgently for them.  Then she began to pray for the people in the nursing home, and their families and those who came to visit, and those who worked there, and for people she heard about on the radio.  The list grew and grew.

     She spent the long dark days in prayer, as well as the long sleepless nights.  Prayer became for her, not “all I can do,” but “all I must do.”  It was almost a compulsion.

     She began to feel important again, and needed, and very close to people, and to God.

–From an old magazine clipping, source lost.


Colossians 3:17  —  Whatever you do,whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

I Thessalonians 5:16-18  —  Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 1:15-19a  —  For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.  I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of  wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.  I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.


O Lord, let me not live to be useless.  Amen.  –John Wesley 

Lord, give me life until my work is done; and give me work until my life is done.  Amen.