I catch the 950 bus headed downtown and slip into a seat. My seatmate is a gray-haired grandpa wearing a tweed jacket. He’s gaily chatting with someone on the mobile phone (probably his granddaughter).
I can’t help getting caught up in the conversation. He’s going to the hospital for a check-up. He’s recently had a medical procedure and there’s a question of whether on not it's been successful.
But he’s a happy guy in spite of it all. The phone conversation lingers until we’re close to my stop. When he hangs up we chat for a minute and then I get the prompting to pray for him.
“Can I pray for you?”
“Yes, of course. By all means."
I pray blessings on him and his family and that the hospital checkup goes well. The bus stops and I scoot out the back. I feel like I’m a stealth prayer warrior connecting with grandpa at just the right moment.
Sown any seeds lately? It’s not our responsibility to determine the fertility of the soil. It’s our responsibility to sow the seeds of the gospel of hope, mercy, and grace into the lives of friends and strangers.
Now also when I am old and gray-headed O God do not forsake me until I declare your strength to this generation, your power to everyone who is to come. Psalm 71: 18
The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree. He shall grow like a cedar of Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of God. They shall still bear fruit in old age. They shall be fresh and flourishing to declare that the Lord is upright. He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him. Psalm 92: 10-15
Love and blessings,
photo: (Jesus, John the Baptist, the Prophets, and the angels show up at church)