A Show of Faith
Elaine was so happy – after a long illness, she was finally able to drive again. Her heart and other vital organs were now improved, and after a long illness, she was gaining mobility and strength. She was spiritually renewed as well, grateful for the ability to be able to get around by herself.
“What do you plan to do?” I asked. I thought Elaine would tell me that she would celebrate by taking a trip to see relatives, or more modestly, just going about town. “I’m going to start a transportation ministry in my church,” she replied. It seems that there are a number of people- the elderly, the infirm, etc. – who would like to attend church services and functions, but who have no means of transportation. Often, they are too embarrassed to ask for help, and their names come to be known only if a friend or relative mentions it.
Elaine was determined to seek these people out, seek out additional volunteers, and get to work putting these two groups together. Could there be a more worthwhile use of Elaine’s time and energy?
In Jeremiah (9:23-23) we read,
This is what the Lord says: Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom; Let not the strong man glory in his strength; Let not the wealthy man gory in his riches. But only in this should one glory: That he understands and knows me, That I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, For in these I delight.
Elaine understands that the choice is not between faith and deeds. For it is by our deeds that we express or faith.
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Dr. Joel Roffman has spoken to many church, synagogue and support groups. His book, Coping with Adversity: Judaism’s response to illness and other life struggles is enjoyable, uplifting and informative. It is meant for people of all faiths and can be viewed at www.copingwithadversity.com. It is available at Barnes and Noble, Borders, and Amazon.com.