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Elders in the Faith

By Belinda

This morning a note that I wrote at some point in my copy of the  Daily Light for August 10, reminds me that it is the feast day of St. Lawrence, and that Martha, a woman who impacted many lives,and who lies in the graveyard of St. Laurence Church in Alvechurch, was born on this day in 1817.

On my first day home in Canada, it is special to be connected with Alvechurch in this small way--like a final wave from an old friend.

Today's Daily Light has verses that could describe Martha; this dear lady, who, like another dear woman;Trudy Cluderay; still living in Alvechurch; shone for God in her quiet way and influenced a community for good.
Blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world. Philippians 2:15—“You are the salt of the earth, . . . the light of the world. . . . Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matt. 5:13, 14, 16
As the news is filled with updates on the lawlessness and rioting in major cities in England, it makes me ponder "eldership," particularly the potential a whole generation of ageing Baby Boomers have, in their families and circles of influence. If we know Christ, we have something that so many in this world need badly--they just don't have any idea of who he is and the difference he makes in a life. We may not be preachers or eloquent in sharing what we know, but God can use us if we simply ask him to and then just live out what he taught; through the power of the Holy Spirit; available to speak a word for him as he leads.

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