Daily Dose, Oct. 23 — Whole Life & Holy Living

            "Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching." (Hebrews 10:23-25) Last week, a team from Alpharetta Methodist dedicated their time and energy to helping a homeowner recover from flooding caused by Hurricane Florence. I’m so thankful for the witness and willingness of these people of God. They truly dedicated themselves to being the hands and feet of Christ in a way that will have lasting meaning.
As they gathered in the church parking lot last Monday, I had the privilege of standing with them and offering some words and leading them in a prayer. It was a humbling time for me. If anything, I felt like they should be praying for me and not the other way around. Part of my encouragement to them was to live sacramentally during the week. Let me explain. “Sacramentally” isn’t a word that gets used in regular conversation very often. In our faith, a “sacrament” is basically understood to be a visible sign of God’s invisible grace. Within our worship life, we celebrate the official sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion. I believe we celebrate sacraments in lots of unofficial ways as well. Can you think of a time or situation when - apart from the sanctuary, the waters of baptism, and the bread & cup - you experienced God’s hand and a touch of grace? If so, that was a sacramental moment for you. Sacraments can happen all around us. I pray that our mission team experienced sacramental living - offering God’s invisible grace in a visible way - during their week in North Carolina. I pray that all of us may seek to live that way in the week ahead. No matter where we find ourselves, someone will cross our path who could use a touch of grace. Will they experience it through you? --Rev. Brad Greene