As the Body of Christ, we are called to actually be the hands and feet of Christ. I’ve watched this work in my life. It was a season of being a broke and tired single mom. I really thought I didn’t have much to offer. As it turns out, Jesus only wants our “yes.” A yes to be willing to participate and let the Holy Spirit lead.
My parish started offering Holy Hours, so I signed up for an hour of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament each month. I loved that time, but I quickly learned I wasn’t showing my whole self to Jesus. (When you sit for an hour in His quiet company, you realize things like this.) My soul really started to open during this period and I witnessed how giving my raw self to Jesus let Him use me to bring more love to others.
For example, I started asking on social media if anyone had prayer requests. Several came in and I began to pray for people regularly. Interestingly enough, many of these prayer requests were a surprise because they came from people very close to me. About the same time, I was approached by someone in my parish about distributing prayer blankets to people.
The first stack I received was given to me by a lovely woman at my parish. One blanket was brown, a second was made in dark rainbow colors, and a third was a small pink lap blanket. I would later receive and give out many more prayer blankets, but these three were my first lesson in all the good Jesus can accomplish through us if we just say yes.
A good friend at work had lost a dear friend, and was grieving the loss. I gave her the brown blanket, which was just perfect to her. She loved the color, and was so appreciative of it.
Another friend asked me to pray for her friend with cancer. She was struggling as she watched her friend go through so much pain. I showed her the dark rainbow blanket. She was so excited because it was just the perfect colors and design for her friend’s personality.
Finally, I found a home for the little pink blanket–in the lap of a sweet, wheelchair-bound woman. She loved the color and it was the perfect size to use with a wheelchair.
I know those blankets were meant to go to those specific receivers. And I know the Holy Spirit let me help to make it so.
I know those blankets meant a lot to the people receiving them. I also know it meant a lot to me at that time in my life. Cooperating with God doesn’t require knowledge or perfect holiness; it just requires a yes. It’s a simple willingness to let the Holy Spirit do His thing. Because cool things happen when we let the Holy Spirit lead.