In the Word
I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes … Romans 1:16a
Of the Word
Grandma Ruffin coordinated after-school activities for Kid’s House at our inner-city church. She walked the children from their schools to the church, fed them, taught them good manners and behavior, and helped them with homework. This silver-haired African-American woman did not have college preparation to be a teacher, but teaching was her vocation.
Grandma Ruffin was also a model for the children’s parents. Using God’s Word she gave advice and instruction in parenting and in coping with other challenges. She was a woman of faith who prayed with parents and encouraged them to bring their children to church and Sunday school.
St. Paul says, I remember the sincere faith you have, the kind of faith that your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice also had. I am sure that you have it also (2 Timothy 1:5 GNT). By God’s wonderful grace and the power of His Holy Spirit, I pray that I model Grandma Ruffin’s sincere faith to my students and others. Grandma Ruffin was my mother.
Walking with my Lord
Dear God, I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Help me proclaim the gift of His salvation in everything that I do and say. In His name. Amen.
Mustard Seed: Living as a Woman in Mission. Author: Dr. LuJuana R. Butts. 28/32 ©2009 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.
Scripture quotations marked “GNT” are taken from the GOOD NEWS TRANSLATION – Second Edition, American Bible Society, New York, NY. Copyright © 1992. All rights reserved.