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    SPRING 2017

    HUMBLED, SURRENDERED AND BROKEN

    Recently, I was able to share some special time with an old friend over dinner.  It is a friendship that is so valued and it was a blessing just to grab a few minutes of uninterrupted time and share fellowship.  As he was describing a young man who had many gifts and desiring to minister to others, he uttered these words, "But, right now he is not humbled, surrendered and broken".  He said the three words in a trilogy like they all fit together not unlike Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.  These words rang in my head and in my heart and then they echoed for a day or two as I appraised their true meaning.

    Essentially he was saying that this is the condition a person experiences when God chooses to use us greatly for his service.  It was as if these three words are a special code that unlocks the ability that allows us to do the most good for others in Jesus' name.  "HSB" isn't a highly valued human condition in our culture.  In fact, self help gurus at times value the polar opposite.  God's way is many times upside down, counter culture and even counter intuitive.

    It reminded me of an experience I had worshipping with the homeless people of Gallup on Christmas Sunday 2016 at the Gallup Church of the Nazarene.  I had the awesome honor of serving communion to these precious folk.  I told a friend that it was the closest I felt to our Lord Jesus Christ in a long, long time.  We all stand on the same level ground in life.  Some are allowed more material gifts than others.  Some argue that people get what they deserve.  As I walked through the aisles offering a symbolic potion of Jesus' broken body and blood to his children, it didn't seem that way to me. I felt incredibly blessed and incredibly humble all at the same time.  I knew that 'walking this walk' was helping me identify with the true nature of our wonderful Lord.  His compassion and unconditional love was flowing into the lives of his people.  And in the end, all we really need is Him!

    May we all find what it truly means to serve others in Jesus' name.  I have come to believe it is a large part of the abundant life that he offers to us all!

    Blessings to All!

    Paul McGrady

    "If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered."

    Proverbs 21:13

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