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Lorraine

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There is a word that kept coming to my mind when I was thinking about Lorraine, and that word is hands. She did a lot of work with her hands. This is not just a common activity, we are serving others and serving Jesus Christ himself.
There is a word that kept coming to my mind when I was thinking about Lorraine, and that word is hands. She did a lot of work with her hands. This is not just a common activity, we are serving others and serving Jesus Christ himself.
Colossians 3:23–24 NIV
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
The world needs hands. Every vehicle you see pull off the auto dealers lot, every piece of farm equipment laboring in the field, every truck, every car, every van, that we drove to get here.
The clothes we are wearing, the food we are going to enjoy they all require hands. And they all eventually need repairing or replacing.
The world needs hands. Every vehicle you see pull off the auto dealers lot, every piece of farm equipment laboring in the field, every truck, every car, every van, they all eventually need repairs. No matter how well balanced, no matter how well made, they will need someone to pop the hood and get to work so that the vehicle can get to work. So that we can all get to work.
No matter how well balanced, no matter how well made, no matter how beautifully designed they will need someone to pop the hood, get out the sewing kit and get to work so that we can all get to work.
Lorraine did alot of work, alot of service with her hands. She worked hard on Stoakley farm. She made her own sausage and taught others how to do it. Grinding the pork. Seasoning and casing the sausage. How does a pastor know so much about making sausage? Every church I’ve pastored as at least one person who makes sausage. How much sausage did you guys eat that were the work of Lorraine’s hands?
Why am I so fascinated with sausage making? Because in a world of prepackaged products, it’s nice to receive something made with human hands. It’s just better.
I wonder how much of what you’ve seen and experienced - maybe even this morning - in your homes, that were made that we were made with Lorraine’s hands. Food was grown and prepared.
When the family gathered for a meal, the food doesn’t make itself. Someone purchases the food, prepares it and serves it. That was Lorraine: she insisted on being the person to serve her family in this way.
The interior design of a home has to be maintained with Lorraine’s hands in order to keep it spotless. The table had to be set just right with Lorraine’s hands.
The interior design of a home has to be maintained with Lorraine’s hands in order to keep it spotless. The table had to be set just right with Lorraine’s hands.
Look at everything that we see, that we depend on for daily living - these things are the work of someone’s hands. Food has to be grown and prepared. Clothes have to be designed and made. The interior design of a home has to be maintained with someone’s hands.
(bring out the ceramic church)
Hands. People willing to work, fashion, produce, create: to work hard with their hands. The Apostle Paul says in his letter to the Colossian Christians, Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,  since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Hands. People willing to work and work hard. St. Paul says in his letter to the Colossian Christians, Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
When Lorraine was working the farm. Preparing food. Making the sausage, making the ceramic church: her hands served others, but she was really serving Jesus.
In we hear this prayer, make it your prayer, it goes like this:
Psalm 90:17 NIV
May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.
In we hear this prayer, make it your prayer, it goes like this,
God loves good work and he blesses it. Because when we are creating with our hands, we are serving Jesus.
Lorraine was a servant. She had the gift of serving. She was energized by serving her family and others.
Yes the World needs servants, who will work with their hands. but servants like Lorraine point to the one servant that the World truly need: Christ Jesus. Isaiah refers to Jesus as the suffering servant.
Isaiah 53:4–5 NIV
Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Isaiah 53:
Think of it like this Jesus is the true and steadfast servant who got dirt on His hands when He was nailed to the cross, taking on the heavy burden of our sin, repairing our brokenness with His dying breath so that we can have rest, and have peace in our work, and then when our work is done eternal rest for our souls, and new and eternal life.
When Lorraine worked with her hands, she was pointing to the greatest servant of all.
Ephesians 2:8–9 NIV
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.
"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,”
The lasting value of Lorraine’s work with her hands:
Revelation 14:13 NIV
Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”
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