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Saturday, June 26, 1999

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Genesis 18:1-15
Luke 1:46-55
Matthew 8:5-17

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waiter on the lord

"She got up at once and began to wait on Him." —Matthew 8:15

"They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as eagles" (Is 40:31, KJV). Many Christians say they are "waiting on the Lord." By this, they mean that they are waiting for God to open up an opportunity or to give them discernment. While it's a good idea to be patient and to discern God's will, we would probably do better if we were "waiting on the Lord" in a different sense. We need to be waiters and waitresses who serve the Lord, as Abraham and Sarah did when they offered hospitality to the Lord and two angels (Gn 18:5ff). We need to wait on the Lord as Simon Peter's mother-in-law did (Mt 8:15).

We are the Lord's waiters when we no longer live for ourselves but for Him (2 Cor 5:15). We are waiters on the Lord when we live to obey Him, when we love Him so much that we delight to deny ourselves (Lk 9:23) and do His will (see Ps 40:9).

When we wait on the Lord by being more than His servants but even His slaves (Col 3:24), we see the glory of God and receive divine revelation as Abraham did (see Gn 18:10ff). Be a waiter on the Lord.

Prayer:  Father, make me a most attentive waiter.

Promise:  "As evening drew on, they brought Him many who were possessed. He expelled the spirits by a simple command and cured all who were afflicted." —Mt 8:16

Praise:  Jesus instantly healed an elderly woman of a swallowing problem when Sally prayed with her.

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, November 28, 1998

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 1, 1998