Africa is never far from our thoughts.
Each time I pass through London, on my way to Africa for ministry, I do something some people could consider a bit eccentric. I take the underground--The Tube--into London and walk the short distance from the tube station to Westminster Abbey.
Let me hasten to add here that Westminster Abbey is much more like a combination museum and cemetery than it is a church. But, I make my way there none-the-less. My purpose is simple. I pull up a folding chair and sit and contemplate the final resting place of David Livingstone. His "mwili"--body--is resting under the floor of Westminster Abbey.
Engraved on the floor under which he rests is a prayer that David Livingstone prayed. From a contemporary theological basis it isn't the most biblical prayer. But, David Livingstone prayed that God would raise up people to follow him and bring about health, healing, and the gospel to Africa.
Sometimes I just sit there with tears in my eyes and realize that I am an answer to a prayer that a man prayed in 1873. A prayer that has reached down through time and touched and changed my life. I am an answer to prayer!
What about you? Is your life an answer to someone's prayer?
Bill Gaither's gospel song could be the song of our generation.
If there ever were dreams
That were lofty and noble
They were my dreams at the start
And hope for life's best were the hopes
That I harbor down deep in my heart
But my dreams turned to ashes
And my castles all crumbled, my fortune turned to loss
So I wrapped it all in the rags of life
And laid it at the cross.
But, there is still time for those lofty and noble dreams, and hopes for life's best. You can recapture your divine destiny--even if you are a baby boomer facing retirement.
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