God, I’ve heard what our ancestors say about you,
and I’m stopped in my tracks, down on my knees.
Do among us what you did among them.
Work among us as you worked among them.
And as you bring judgment, as you surely must,
remember mercy. Habakkuk 3:2
Years ago, I began my writing career by entering a contest with Guideposts magazine, and have been published a few times in this magazine, as well as their sister magazine, Angels on Earth. I particularly enjoy writing stories for Angels, as it relates to changes in people’s lives that often can only be attributed to intervention by angels—earthly ones.
One such story I ghost wrote was about my brother-in-law, Bob, who ran a small body repair shop on his property in a small Iowa town that had no building codes. A neighbor took issue with the size of the new garage he built and that there would be rusty old cars junking up the lot. Bob couldn’t rest until he made sure his business offended no one. As soon as the dirt settled alongside his new shop, he began to plant trees and flowers. Years later, Bob’s yard has been highlighted on TV, in newspaper, and magazine articles as a botanical cover for his business.
When we work among ourselves, as God works among man, we can accomplish good things.
Lord, keep us mindful you want what is good for all, and it begins by treating others as you would treat us. Amen.