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Thursday, December 19, 2013

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A group of travelers have been on the move all day. As they traveled, they have been singing. These aren’t little songs as our children may sing on road trips, but songs to remind them of the significance of their pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

As they catch sight of the Levites working the evening shift at the Temple, their last song begins, “Behold, bless ye the Lord, all ye servants of the Lord, which by night stand in the house of the Lord…”

Imagine what it must have been like to be one of those night-shift temple workers. Though on most nights their work may have seemed to have gone unnoticed and unappreciated, on this special night they are saluted and reminded of their important role. How encouraging!

What I love about this song is that it recognizes and encourages these night workers without flattering them. Sure the song could have been about what a great job these Levites were doing or praise them for their commitment, but all this song does is to encourage them and remind them of their purpose.

This reminds me of a time when I had just finished teaching a children’s Sabbath School class and a visiting grandfather came to me with his hand outstretched. “I just wanted to shake hands with the most important minister of this church,” he said. I knew what he was trying to tell me.  He was recognizing my work and reminding me of the importance of leading children to Christ. Though he did not puff up my ego with flattery, he did leave me feeling both appreciated and challenged to devote 100 percent to my little, often unnoticed, ministry.

What are some ways that you can encourage (without flattering) those often-overlooked servants in your church?

 

Lori Futcher

Freelance Writer and Editor

Cleveland, Tennessee, USA