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What You Need is Here


By Deacon Tammy Devine

ELCA Wellness Manager
April 2018

Do not neglect the gift that is in you … put these things into practice, devote yourself to them, so that all may see your progress … for in doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers. 1 Timothy 4:14-16

What we need is here. I listened as we sang this chant during worship as part of a recent retreat with leaders who were in the midst of tough challenges. What we need is here. This refrain reminded these leaders they weren’t alone, that God was walking with them even through fear, emptiness, and a sense of abandonment. What we need is here.

When we find ourselves in the wilderness of life, we can forget that God’s grace is always available to guide, protect, empower, and transform us. After all, the promise of Easter is that nothing can separate us from God — and if “not death, nor life … nor anything else in all creation,” (Rom. 8:38-39), then certainly not discouragement, exhaustion, brokenness, or challenging situations. In the midst of such challenges, God provides communities to hold us in prayer and faithful friends who share their gifts to support us.

Like the leaders at these recent retreats, you may be at a crossroads in your own ministry — or you may simply be spent from an exhausting season of Lent. Know this: You do not walk alone. You are a valuable part of this church, bringing your own giftedness and sense of call. Claim who and whose you are. Recognize how God has used you, and trust that God will continue to use you to serve the world.

What we need is here! May this Easter promise empower us to live as the resurrected, whole, body of Christ, sharing our gifts, connecting with others, and together bringing strength to our homes, our congregations, and our communities.

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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