For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
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This verse has been the guardian at the door every time I have ever wanted to run screaming from the responsibilities of being a disciple of Jesus Christ. "You can run but you can't hide" it seems to taunt. We have all been given gifts to use for the sake of others. We have all received in our baptism the call to serve. Neither the gifts nor the call goes away. They may languish in the armchairs of our laziness, but the gifts remain. The gift vibrates with the need to be used. The calling relentlessly speaks to us no matter how far we wander. Strangely enough, when we have stopped our avoiding. When we have finally stopped running or pouting or flailing after empty dreams, this verse no longer taunts us. In fact, this verse becomes a source of joy. That which we were working so hard to push away is still with us to enrich our lives and the lives of those around us with grace and meaning.
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Lord, Help us to recognize our gifts, embrace them and respond to your call. Amen.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
Writer, poet, artist, human, citizen, learner, scruffy, goof.
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