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Maître d’



To be quite honest,

You are teaching me more about being a servant than I really wanted to know.

When I volunteered to serve, I had in mind a maître d’ position,
I wanted to greet people at the door with a Jesus-loves-you smile and
assure them that they would have a blessed experience.

I wanted to be the one who murmured  “Don’t thank me. It was all God,” when they expressed their gratitude for my service at the end of the evening.

To be quite honest

This is not what I had in mind when I said I wanted to serve You.

You poked me out of sight, behind swinging doors.

As your committed servant, You know that I don’t mind working hard for You in this sweltering chaos, but this – this hiding of my servant hood from others – is definitely not what I had in mind.

Couldn’t You at least fasten a brass plate to the kitchen door with my name on it and the words “Devoted Cook and Bottle Washer”?


Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24 NIV

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The Chalice



When I pass your truth on to the next generation,

there must be no “me” to contaminate the message.

There can only be the faint print

of my unique perspective on the chalice as I hand it on.

My prints must be so faint,

  that only those who study the chalice will notice.

The masses must see only the life-truths within the vessel.

Help me hold these truths tightly enough to keep them from slipping from my grasp,

but loosely enough that desperate truth-seekers

can ease them from my hand.

                                                                                                                        Martha VanCise ©2013


Watchman Nee said, “Our great danger may be to hold dogmatically to some “thing” associated with the divine plan for us. Every cup, however divinely appointed, should be held to very loosely. It is not that which claims us supremely, but the present will of our Father.                                                          (A Table in the Wilderness:  October 26; Watchman Nee)

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