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By Deacon Tammy Devine

ELCA Wellness Manager
July 2018

“See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation!” 2 Corinthians 6:2b

Lighting a candle and inviting a moment to center, I began my coaching call. The conversation unfolded around difficult issues the pastor was facing. Suddenly, the pastor blurted with delight, “I just noticed the lilac bush is blooming outside my window and there’s a butterfly resting on the blossom.” I smiled. Too often I miss glimpses of the holy right in front of me because I am distracted, deep in thought, pondering what lies ahead, or dwelling in pain or regret from the past. Too often I miss the now.

Sometimes the road of ministry winds uphill. When we are mired in conflict, or struggling to feel successful, it can seem as if we might never reach the summit. Paul reminds us that in our call to be Christ’s servants, “…we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beating, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger…” (2 Cor. 6:4-5). Yet Paul also writes, “See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation!” Though ministry is full of challenges, we are reminded of the gift of God’s presence. Through our reconciliation to Christ, we don’t walk alone. To build stamina and be resilient, we need to be especially mindful to stay grounded in what God is doing all around us. When I need reminding, I recite my mantra: Lord Jesus Christ, be present now. I have since added and you too, Tammy!

Tammy Devine's monthly reflection invites you to consider how your faith and health are intertwined. She shares her personal journey to help support you in new ways as you strive to live well in Christ — for the sake of ministry in God’s world. ELCA organizations, feel free to print or link to Tammy’s reflections in your publications.

Since joining Portico in 2004, Tammy has provided whole-person health promotion, education, and inspiration to ELCA rostered leaders and lay employees. Contact Tammy Devine at

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