Faith in Action

Susan Hetrick

Read: James 2:20-26

For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead. (v. 26)

Amy had recently moved and was visiting a local church. She had been warmly welcomed by the usher, and after she sat down, the woman across the aisle gave her an encouraging smile. “So far, so good,” she thought. “Maybe this is where I am supposed to be.” The worship songs and the liturgy were familiar, and Amy was pleased to see a lot of children there.

The minister asked for prayer requests, and heard the usual appeals for safety for troops stationed overseas, and a request for healing for someone’s mother who was hospitalized. Just then, a young man stood up. “I haven’t asked for prayers before, but you all probably know that I’ve been sick for a couple of years. I was just put on the transplant list this week. So if you think of it, pray that God would give me a new kidney.” Then he sat down, and the minister prayed. Silently, Amy prayed too: “Lord, I don’t know what to ask for, but that man needs a kidney and I know you will provide.” Clear as a bell Amy heard a voice say, “Give him one of yours.” Her eyes flew open.

One week later, medical tests proved that Amy was a perfect match for the young man needing a kidney. One month later, doctors performed the transplant.

—Susan Hetrick

God, when you ask hard things of us, give us the strength to step up in faith.