Bishop Philip JonesRecently, I was a speaker at a funeral for a woman who meant a great deal to me growing up. Many people spoke about the impact she had on their lives. She worked with my family for over 40 years. One of the stories I told about Alice happened when I was about 5 or 6 years old.

I heard a voice calling my name. I went to the kitchen where Alice was. She said she had not called me. I heard the voice call my name two more times and both times I went to the kitchen, Alice said the same thing, she did not call me. Finally, after the fourth time I heard my name and went to the kitchen, Alice sat me down. Very carefully, she told me the story of the call of Samuel in I Samuel 3. He had a similar experience and Eli explained to Samuel that the Lord was calling him. Alice was my Eli. 25 years later, I heard Him call me into ordained ministry. That’s my call story and I know each of you probably have one, too.

One the people who also spoke at Alice’s funeral said in their testimony that good meat makes its own gravy. A faith-filled believer does the same. Others are drawn to that gravy. I am so thankful for Alice’s influence early on in my life. She made good gravy, and I ate it up. Who has done that for you? During this Lenten season in preparation for the Easter celebration, take time to thank God for those influences in your life, meaty people that made good gravy.

What kind of gravy are you making?

Come Holy Spirit and fill us up with your life. We adopt the posture of humility, and ask for clarity and unity as people of God and as the Anglican Mission in the Americas. We are grateful for this call on our lives.