The Feast of Stephen

The Stephen already spoken of was a man filled with grace and power,
who worked great wonders and signs among the people.

Acts of the Apostles 6:8

What a gift we have in this day after Christmas! Our Christmas preparations came to fruition yesterday. Today, there is nothing more to do than to continue to enjoy the successes of our celebrations and to forget the rest. As I consider my own list of positives, I give thanks. I am generously blessed. I am opting to forget the things which were or are not to my liking and out of my control. Rather, I pray for improvement on the part of all concerned, especially myself. After all, I am the only one over whom I have jurisdiction.

So it is that I turn my thoughts to today, December 26, The Feast of Stephen. Stephen is among the first chosen to serve as deacon to assist the apostles in carrying out Jesus’ work. While the apostles tended to preaching, Stephen and those like him tended to serving the corporal needs of the people. They saw to it that widows and orphans were fed and that everyone who needed care received it. Today, I hope to continue my Christmas observance by engaging in good deeds as well. We are all called to be good and just souls who live The Word just as Stephen did.

Today, I also acknowledge the three deacons at my parish church who take care of so many of our practical needs just as Stephen did. My thanks to you, Ivan, Mark and my husband Mike, for all that you do for us!

Dearest God, thank you for the gifts of Christmas 2015, the Gift of the First Christmas and the gift of those who live the spirit of this season throughout the year.

©2015 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

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