Monday, December 4, 2017
Read Luke 4:16-21
Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. Hebrews 13:1-3
I have heard many stories of the people we see begging on the streets. This time it became personal to me.
I was going into Walmart in Germantown, MD. There was a young girl in the parking lot in her early to mid 20’s and she was very pregnant. She was holding a cardboard sign. I did not see the sign but I know by the way she presented herself and how people were avoiding her that she was begging for money. I walked by her as I entered the store. She was not close enough to approach, but God told me I needed to help her. While in the store I picked up a hot meal at the deli, a bottle of water and a $10 gift card for the girl. It was clear that was what I was to do. Still, I asked, “God, if this is you, guide me.”
When I walked outside, the young girl was right in my aisle and the way I needed to go to get to my car. She approached me and before she could say anything, I asked her what her name was. She told me her name was Chachkia. I asked if I could pray for her and she said, “Yes, please.” I prayed for her and her unborn child. When I finished, she thanked me. I then gave her the food, water and gift card. As I got in my car and drove away Chachkia was sitting on the bench eating the food and drinking the water. I still have no idea what her sign said. All I saw was a child of God in need.
With every act of kindness we open a door for God’s love to enter someone’s life. Let’s change the world with one random act of kindness at a time. It starts with you and me.
PRAYER: Father, open our eyes to see the needs of those around us. Open our minds to know the best actions that will help. Open our hearts to be compassionate. Open our hands and move our feet to take action on your behalf, for we are your body in a world that desperately needs you. Amen.
Prayer Focus: those without a place of warmth and safety