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Reflecting Grace

“When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset.” – Exodus 17:12, NIV

Alice looked anxiously at her watch. It was lunchtime, and her schedule was crammed full. She had a long to-do list waiting on her and this hour was the only she had free.

Even though the time was precious to her, Alice drove to the local hospital. She went to sit beside Mrs. Conway, a woman from her community who had recently suffered a stroke.

Although the other woman couldn’t speak, Alice kept up a lively conversation with her, using gestures to communicate. When she left the hospital, Alice felt loads lighter and she smiled to herself.

Aaron and Hur may have felt as if they didn’t accomplish anything the day they sat beside Moses holding up his hands. But what they were doing mattered—it was making a difference.

You may not feel like changing the diapers of your newborn or pausing to talk to an elderly person in the store matters, but it does. Coming alongside someone, even if only for a moment, and caring for them is a beautiful way to reflect grace.


Lord, put someone in my path that I can show grace to today. Help me not to be so focused on my to-do list that I miss them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

September 18 Devotional

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