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    While waiting in a cemetery to conduct a funeral service, Charles Simeon walked among the graves, looking at the epitaphs. He found one that arrested him.

    When from the dust of death I rise,
    To claim my mansion in the skies,
    E'en then shall this be all my plea--
    "Jesus hath lived and died for me."

    He was so impressed with that gospel message that he looked for someone in the cemetery with whom he might share it. He saw a young woman, obviously distressed, and called her over to read the epitaph. He took her address and visited her the next day. The home was a scene of poverty and squalor. The woman's old mother was dying of asthma, and two little children, very dirty, were trying to warm themselves by a small fire. Simeon prayed with the family, visited them again, and found assistance for them. Later, the young woman told Simeon that she had been in the cemetery five hours and was contemplating suicide when he called her to read the epitaph. Because of his concern she trusted Christ and the family situation was changed. 

    W. Wiersbe, Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching & Preachers, p. 217.

    An elderly widow, restricted in her activities, was eager to serve Christ. After praying about this, she realized that she could bring blessing to others by playing the piano. The next day she placed this small ad in the Oakland Tribune: "Pianist will play hymns by phone daily for those who are sick and despondent--the service is free." The notice included the number to dial. When people called, she would ask, "What hymn would you like to hear?" Within a few months her playing had brought cheer to several hundred people. Many of them freely poured out their hearts to her, and she was able to help and encourage them.

    Source Unknown.

    I used to ask God if He would come and help me. Then I asked if I could come and help Him. Finally I ended by asking God to do His own work through me. 

    J. Hudson Taylor.


    Five Loaves and Two Fishes

    God uses
    what you have
    to fill a need which
    you never could have filled.

    God uses
    where you are
    to take you where
    you never could have gone.

    God uses
    what you can do
    to accomplish what
    you never could have done.

    God uses
    who you are
    to let you become who
    you never could have been.

    Philip Clarke Brewer in Holy Sweat, Tim Hansel, 1987, Word Books Publisher, p. 25.