Ever hear of Albert or Albrecht Durer? They were brothers and both were promising artists.. Both wanted to go to college, but couldn’t afford it, so they hatched a scheme. They flipped a coin; looser went to work in the mines to help pay for the other’s schooling. Albert lost the toss and went into the mines; Albrecht went to school. He became famous; a wonderful artist. Time came for him to go home, and return the favor. Long story short – Albert was unable to attend school because his hands were so broken and racked with arthritis he couldn’t hold a brush anymore. This inspired his loving brother to produce one of the most famous artistic creations the world has ever known. We call his work ‘The Praying Hands’. (A replica of his brothers hands.) The next time you see a copy of that touching creation, take a second look and remember, no one ever makes it alone!
‘Christ Have Mercy, How to Put Your Faith in Action’ (by Matthew Harrison) talks about relationships! We were made for a relationship with God and with each other. James 4 says ‘Come near to God and he will come near to you.’ My daughter graduated Salutatorian from her High School class and there was a lot of haughty talk about her accomplishment until I reminded her it was a rather small class! She lost sight of the fact that self-made people often worship their creator. (Think about that one). I would urge you to do two things this week. First, make a list of 10 people who helped you become who you are today and thank God for their presence in your life. Second, pick someone who helped you in your life, and send them a thank you card. Thank You Lord, for all the people You have placed in my life; the people who have befriended me; who have nurtured me; who have helped shape my character! Ephesians 4: ‘….walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.’