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Lenten meditations: Tuesday, April 1

Columbia Biblical Studies: Tuesday, April 1
Columbia Biblical Studies: Tuesday, April 1Irene Marie Dorey

As we continue our journey through Lent, Christians throughout Columbia will be sharing their own beautifully written ‘letters from the heart.’ Each will be accompanied by corresponding relevant scripture verse(s), and linked to sources for further study. If you would like to join us on Columbia’s Lenten journey, please send us your ‘letter from the heart’ by email. Especially meaningful submissions will be printed. Let us continue our Lenten journey of repentance, meditation, and anticipation day-by-day, to its glorious culmination on Easter morning.

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Today’s scripture reading is from 1 Corinthians 12:27 and 13:3.

These verses include one of St. Paul’s listings of gifts that believers are given for the common good of the church (for our parish too). Paul teaches here that the Corinthians (and we) are members of Christ’s body. Just as our bodies have many parts, with each part having a unique, vital function, so too do church members have unique, vital functions as parts of Christ’s body, the church. When each body part functions as it’s designed to, the body is powerful and productive, enjoying the experience of a well-made mechanism, like an accurately functioning watch. What this looks like in a church is that all the various activities and programs are done by those who are given the gifts and talents for them. Some gifts are easily recognized and others need help, perhaps “gifts workshops,” so that each of us functions in the area of our calling, our enthusiasm, and our energy. We are told that using these gifts without love amounts to nothing. We become “clanging cymbals.”

I wish I had identified my gifts early in my life, because I would have been more effective instead of just dutifully taking my turn filling needed positions when asked, positions that I sometimes wasn’t equipped to perform well.

Many Trinity members know their gifts and are being wonderfully effective in the life of our parish. Have you found whether you’re a teacher, miracle worker, conveyor of God’s healing love? Are you a helper? Do you have administrative gifts? A book that may be helpful is Discerning Your Spiritual Gifts by the Reverend Lloyd Edwards.

The Holy Spirit is living within us and we can appreciate that power to direct us and utilize our gifts.

Come, Holy Spirit, and guide our thoughts, our prayers, out witness, and our actions in such a way that people would see Jesus in us and we would do the works that You would have us do.. Amen.

Ellen Wright

Order of St. Luke, Trinity Cathedral

Columbia, South Carolina

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