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While I was serving in Paraguay, a Maka Indian named Rafael

came to sit on my porch. I was eating and went out to see what

he wanted. He responded, "Ham, henek met." Again I asked what

I could do for him, but the answer was the same. I understood

what he was saying but not its significance: "I don’t want

anything; I have just come near."

I later shared the incident with a local veteran missionary.

He explained that it was Rafael’s way of honoring me. He

really didn’t want anything; he just wanted to sit on my

porch. He found satisfaction and pleasure just being near me.

"What brings you here, my child?" the Lord asks.

"Ham, henek met."

Doesn’t that reveal the heart of true worship?

SOURCE: Stuart Sacks, Villanova, Pennsylvania

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