Covering my angst with the soothing wisdom from my mother's prayer journals

Be Available


After watching The Bible series on The History Channel, I was reminded of what a hot mess of humanity God is working with. Yet despite all the flaws, He manages to do amazing things anyway. Strangely enough, that is comforting to me.

When I watch the series I see people floundering around until God speaks to one of them and uses him/her as a needle to sew another patch in life’s quilt. The beautiful and the ugly somehow work toward something amazing.

The whole thing is too much for me to expound on except to say, I believe He does use His people for His glory if they make themselves available.

Last week I went to The Lake Home (residential care) to see a relative who has lived there since physical catastrophes confined him to a wheel chair almost three years ago.

When we arrived we heard the unexpected sound of a cheerleading squad yelling encouragements to the residents gathered in the cafeteria area. The local high school was well represented by these twenty young women whose smiles and enthusiasm brightened the whole room.

In the crowd of residents were a former cheerleader, basketball player and coach, and after cheering and performing their dance routine, the cuties posed for pictures with them.  When it was the coach’s turn, two of the girls posed while giving him a kiss on each cheek.

He said later he wanted a copy of the picture framed since it might be a long time before he was again kissed by two pretty girls.

After the photo op, the cheerleaders formed two lines and walked the halls yelling words of encouragement.

These ladies brightened the day for these folks and it was brought about by the recreation director. She acted on her idea and the girls made themselves available to do something good.

They certainly made my relative’s day. That was on Wednesday and on Thursday, during my morning quiet time, the phone rang. It was a fraternity brother of my relative. He was calling because the Founder’s Day dinner was being held at the Country Club on Saturday night and several men had asked about making it possible for him to attend.

My relative was an active member during his college days and many of his fraternity brothers often check on him.  One in particular has made weekly visits and provided a Wii that allows rousing games of golf and bowling to guys who can no longer access a green or an alley.

Anyway, phone calls were made and before the morning was over arrangements had been made for my relative to have a Saturday evening out with old friends.

In her journal Mother wrote, “We are not saved by good deeds, but when we commit our lives fully to Him, we want to please Him, and do His will.”

Last week I saw two lovely things happen for someone I love because regular people made themselves available.  Their deeds weren’t biblically heroic but in this hot mess of a world, any good deed is huge



Author: marymcleary

Grateful for so many things, especially the peace He gives and the opportunity to tell it to my kids, grandkids and anyone else who wants to listen. Many read my first book In My Mother's Words, and I have recently published my second book, Heart Whispers from the Old Testament. Both are the result of the prayer journals my mother gifted me her last Christmas. Those journals were full of the wisdom of a Faith Walker and had to be shared.

2 thoughts on “Be Available

  1. What a blessing those young people were to the residents at the care home. Thank you for sharing this awesome story at “Tell Me a Story.”


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