In what I felt was a prompting from the Spirit I found myself moving toward him and asking, "could I get something to eat?" There was an expression of gratitude in his voice as he quietly accepted my offer; "it's been hard to find work and I am hungry, thank you."
I purchased a meal and brought it to him; he was very appreciative. I asked him if he had a place to stay and told me he was crashing at buddy's house and was hoping a job lead would work out for him. He put out his hand to shake mine and quietly said 'thank you' again. I said, "I'm glad I could help, I'll pray that things work out for you."
As I sat in the car, reflecting on what had just taken place, I wondered how often stories like this are repeated across our nation, in small towns and big cities; there are so many hurting people. I realized too in that moment, how very blessed I am. I was going back to warm home with food in the fridge and clothes in the closet; I have all I need and so much more. And, I was brought to the place again, where I had to confess, God has been so very good to me; all that I have is a gift from Him.
As we move through the Christmas season, may each of us be aware of the blessings we have been given; may we have eyes to see and hears listen, that we might be agents of blessing in a hurting world; may we look for opportunities to do good.
Jesus said...I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me. '
“Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ (Matthew 25:42-45 - NKJV)
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (Galatians 6:10)