An elderly widow restricted in her activities was eager to serve Christ. After praying about this, she realized that she could bring a blessing to others by playing the piano.

The next day, she placed this small ad in the Oakland Tribune: “Pianist will play hymns by phone daily for those who are sick and despondent—the service is free.” The notice included the number to dial. When people called, she would ask, “What hymn would you like to hear?” Within a few months, her playing had brought cheer to several hundred people. Many of them freely poured out their hearts to her, and she was able to help and encourage them.

Do you feel like your usefulness to Christ has been put “on hold”? Perhaps you once were active in your local church, but now you are confined to your bed. Maybe you once ministered to others’ needs, but now find yourself too busy to be of much service.

Don’t get discouraged. Instead, pray and ask God to help you see opportunities in which you can further serve Him. If you are ill and unable to do much physically, then start a consistent prayer list. Write down the needs of those around you, perhaps even giving them a call to find out things they need prayer about. Then spend time each day in prayer for their needs.

Whatever the situation, there is always something you can do for others.

When we are in the deepest pain, we should be in the deepest service. – Unknown Author

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder