Thursday, September 25, 2014

Every two months, I visit a woman in the Telugu region of India to personally deliver the latest bimonthly issue of Medagadi, the Telugu edition of The Upper Room.

Her name is Mariamma Battula, and she is 98 years old. She was my mother’s classmate.

Her memory is impressive. She recites many Psalms and passages from the Bible. And every day, she sings songs, praising God.

“Nowadays my voice is going down and low, but this meditation inspired me to make a joyful shout to the Lord,” she said.

When she told me this, to my surprise, she pulled out the March-April 2013 issue of Medagadi, turned to the meditation on April 28 and read it aloud.

The meditation was about singing God’s praises, and the day’s quoted scripture was from the Psalms. “Make a joyful noise to the LORD (Psalm 100:1, NRSV).”

She will keep singing for the Lord as long as she lives, she said.

With the help of Medagadi, she meditates on the word of God daily. And she shares the day’s devotional with everyone who visits her.  

Not only does she share its lessons, she encourages others to read and meditate on Medagadi for themselves.

I thank God for her witness.

Through her, I have learned that we can share the Gospel wherever we are and with whomever we meet by using the opportunities God gives us, and I have learned to pray for others continually.  


– Saralaveni Prabhakar, editor of the Telugu edition of The Upper Room


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