Fresh Hope – 25th November 2016

A few days ago,  myself and Gillian were taken to a restaurant by some friends. The food was great, the conversation was stimulating and the time to leave came all too quickly. I noticed that the wife of the couple who were entertaining us had only eaten half of her lunch and asked the waiter for the rest to be boxed up for her to take with her.

As the bill was paid, she decided that it was just too much trouble to bother taking the leftovers with her and as the food had been untouched, asked if we would like it, knowing that we were travelling and far from home. Everything within me said there was no point, as we would barely have the time or opportunity to eat it.

In that split moment I felt an inner nudge to pick up the neatly packaged box and put it in the car, even though it almost seemed like an inconvenience, with what to us were merely leftovers that could have easily been discarded.

As we waved our friends goodbye, we had not traveled more than a few minutes when we came across a man on the side of the road that had nothing to eat that day. Everything about him said ‘please help me.’ I knew immediately that what I had considered waste was going to be to him like gold.

As we presented to him the nicely packaged leftovers, his eyes brightened with thankfulness and he excitedly tucked into his one meal for that day.

For us that day, we had been well fed at no cost to ourselves, and eating, like many other things, is something that we do without even stopping to think or to thank.

I remind myself today that one man’s means can be another man’s miracle. Food, clothing, love, warmth, acceptance, kindness is often part of our everyday lives yet there are those close by that have no such luxury.

Make today, and the rest of your life, a day of making a miracle out of your means…there’s someone praying right now for what you freely are able to give.

James 2:14-17 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

Pastor Mark

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