David’s lament in Psalm 13, “How long, O Lord?”often becomes personally real and relevant in our lives. We live in a broken world — a broken world compounded with personal sins. Our own brokenness can be utterly crushing, but this is where the Diaconate comes in. Our deacons and deaconesses are here to walk alongside of those going through hardship in our church family.
Recently, the Diaconate was able to provide financial assistance to a family torn apart by mental illness and death. When we handed a check to one of the family members who had been holding himself together with stoicism, he clutched the check in his hand, broke down and said, “No one has ever given me money to help me, ever.” He almost did not want to cash the check so that “I can be reminded of what it’s like to receive help.” It’s heartbreaking to encounter a young man who had not experienced much kindness in life, but it also highlights our need for God’s grace and mercy.
With “Rise Where You Are” being our ministry theme this year, we would like to invite you to join us in living out mercy. Please help the Diaconate by identifying and nominating fellow Redeemer members who are compassionate, servant-hearted and spiritually mature to be candidates for the Diaconate. Nomination month is November. And consider providing financial gifts to support the work of the Diaconate online and/or on Special Offering Sunday on November 20.
We look forward to your participation.