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Dear Beloved Working Women,
A warm welcome to our new subscribers from www.OnePlace.com and www.LightSource.com, two websites that recently contracted with God’s Love @ Work to host our devotionals. Both websites are owned by Salem Communications, and we are grateful for this opportunity to reach even more working women for the Lord.
The Retirement Living Network invited me to be a guest on their new show, Daily Café, Monday, July 30 to address the topic of air travel. You might wonder what air travel has to do with the Lord. Well, my job assignment for 16 years was to minister to passengers and crewmembers as a flight attendant. So whenever an air travel issue arises in the news, the Lord opens doors of opportunity for me to speak about my testimonies from that job assignment, which are recorded in the book, 100 Passengers.
July has proven to be an eventful month with “The Call” in Nashville on 7-7-07, Independence Day and the passing of Tammy Faye Messner.
Tammy Faye Messner
A couple of years ago, I learned that Tammy Faye was to appear at a church in Greenville, Sc., which is about a three-hour drive from my home. I sensed strongly that the Lord wanted me to attend the service. So I asked some girlfriends if they’d like to join me, and they all declined. So I journeyed alone.
Once in the sanctuary, I was able to get a good seat fairly close to the front. And after the praise and worship music ended, Tammy Faye was introduced. Out walked the tiniest woman I had ever seen, fragile, like a little fawn. She looked amazingly fabulous, very chic, not at all like someone with a terminal illness. I believe she said she was only 85 pounds.
I had no idea what the Lord had in mind for me, but I surely didn’t want to miss it. I had prayed along the drive, and I prayed some more.
Tammy Faye politely asked the congregation if they would mind if she sat on the stairs of the altar as opposed to standing. She explained that she was tired. She delicately opened the notebook on her lap and began to speak. What came from her mouth was decades of testimony. And as I sat there in my comfortable seat, disease-free, I thought, “Wow, that woman has survived a lot!”
That day, Tammy Faye taught me much about the history of Christian television, about strength and about divine grace. But what touched me most was the heart of Jesus Christ I saw in her. Out of sheer brokenness, she had allowed the Holy Spirit to cultivate her heart to a level and depth of love that I have rarely seen.
At one point, she stood and walked down the aisle toward me. She stepped into my row, and she clutched me to her bosom saying, “It’s going to be okay.” And then she began to pray and speak over me.
I knew in that moment that God had sent me to receive His heart through Tammy Faye Messner. There was no way she could’ve known what was happening in my life, if not for the Holy Spirit leading her.
What’s more, to receive this message from a woman who, herself, was so ill and in constant pain truly demonstrated the grace, strength, provision and sheer glory of God. Suddenly, I felt hopeful about my own circumstances.
I drove home enlightened about how far we all journey through life and how God shows up to carry us through. I remember in the summer of 1989, when Tammy Faye’s then husband, Jim Bakker, was indicted in Charlotte, Nc. I happened to have been in the midst of flight attendant boot camp in the same city at that time. I remember seeing the scandal all over television, and I remember praying about the situation. Indeed, how far God has brought us all.
And now Tammy Faye is living with our Heavenly Father, without pain, thriving in eternal, divine love, peace and glory. Praise the Lord for His love that knows no limits.
Margaret D. Mitchell