These signs will accompany those who believe…
Lord Jesus, I have not driven out demons.
I’m not very good at languages.
I avoid snakes.
I know that if I drink something deadly,
I’ll probably die.
And though I’d love to be able
to lay hands on sick people and heal them,
sharing a hug is often the best I can do.
Would it be terrible to rewrite this list of signs?
They will give of themselves for love of others.
They will share with those in need,
even if they themselves are in need.
They will act with honesty and integrity,
especially when it costs.
They will stand up for the weak and vulnerable
even when they stand up alone.
They will struggle to forgive all who hurt them.
They will seek forgiveness
for the wrongs they have done to others.
They will treat their opponents
with compassion and respect.
They will not return violence for violence.
They will do their best to comfort the sick and sorrowful.
They will learn to turn their own sufferings
over to the cross of Christ.
They will never lose hope,
no matter how big life’s shocks may be.
It still sounds pretty impossible, Lord,
but with your help, I’ll give it a try today.
Help me believe…