Universal need

1 Kings 17:8-24; Luke 7:11-17

As we struggle to stay alert to the constant demands of the needy, we pastors sometimes forget that we take for granted others in our congregations who seem strong and whole. This applies particularly to those men and women whom we instinctively count on as the backbone or the core of the congregation. Their presence on committees and boards, projects and task forces, and their willingness to serve—sometimes at great cost of time to themselves—can blind us to their needs. A simple but often unrealized truth about us all is that strength can hide need, and resilience and faithful service can hide vulnerability.


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