It was another Spirit-filled night at At Jacob’s Well. David Drake was supposed to lead the service, but he was stuck in traffic with the Atkinsons behind him. While we waited, the group of residents assembled broke out in prayer and song. Edith, a resident, said she had a song that she wrote and could sing. It was amazing – beautifully sung and full of Jesus and his mighty presence in our lives. All cheered at the end. We recited Psalm 23 and I read Philippians 2: 1-11 the reading for my Community Party later that evening.
David and the others arrived and celebrated Eucharist including a message that tied in perfectly with the previous prayers. Members of Resurrection served dinner and visited with the residents. It was delicious and plentiful, as always. Everyone left, full of food and spirit, with provisions for the next day.
Editor’s note: Edie is being both modest and understated in her account. On the following Sunday, when she described what had happened that evening, she was absolutely lit from within. So it was clear something very special had taken place.
For those of you who may not be familiar with At Jacobs Well, every month a group from Res organizes a worship service and dinner for the residents – a group of about fifteen people come for worship and forty come for dinner. All of the residents have some sort of mental illness.
So when Edie heard David (worship lead) and the Atkinsons (food) were caught up in a major traffic snarl from a beltway accident (ETA completely unknown), she found herself in a bit of a pickle. Evidently she reached out and the Holy Spirit walked right in, and what erupted was spontaneous and joyful worship.
It was an amazing display of God’s gifts at work in a way that is really humbling. Edith (the resident Edie talks about) can’t read a clock, has few teeth and her hands shake, but she filled the room and everyone in it with the songs she wrote and with her beautiful voice. For those of you who would like a chance to feel God’s grace at work, join us sometime at At Jacob’s Well.