Alter Call (by D.A. Cobb)

I have been asked, as a member of the Stephen Ministry, to assist during the alter call at one of our weekend church services. It is truly an honor and comes with awesome responsibilities. We are to pray for and lift up those in need and encourage the one’s seeking an even closer relationship with the Father.

My first time was scheduled for last evening.

To say I was anxious is an understatement and I was surprised by my reaction. Throughout my business career I stood in front of hundreds at stock market forums and investment seminars and since retirement I have given my testimony before large groups and small Bible study’s around the country. I guess it was the fear of saying the wrong thing or not connecting with the person at the moment. I did some heavy duty praying asking Him to give me calm and composure and to fill me with understanding words of love and compassion.

This all reminded me of a verse found in Psalms,

“The unfolding of your words gives light;

It gives understanding to the simple.”

                                                                         Psalm 119:130

What reassurance for this nervous helper. Only the true and inspired Word of God could reveal such a silent and tranquil lesson before my moment of introduction. He is always there to lead, guide and direct us through the tough challenges of everyday living and continues to share these teachings through the writings of His chosen authors. He also gives quiet applause when we turn to Him for answers.

As I stood before the congregation, listening to the vibrant and inspirational music, watching the pastor for subtle prompts and anticipating the activity coming from my assigned aisle, a peace surrounded me as never before. A peace so overwhelming I just knew He had listened and graciously responded.

Read these uplifting words of assurance from David,

“I will lie down and sleep in peace,

for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

                                                                                   Psalm 4:8

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