Read 1 Kings 17: 8-24
The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you
did for one of the least of these brothers and
sisters of mine, you did for me.”
When I see a person on the side of the road asking for food
or money, it is easy to find an excuse not to stop. It might not
be safe to stop. I don’t know if I can spare the money. What if
this person is part of a scam? It’s far easier and safer, we think,
to say a prayer in these situations. But sometimes we fail even
to do that.
Today’s reading describes a widow who had only enough
flour and oil to make a last meal for herself and her son.
From out of nowhere came a man who asked her to make a
small loaf of bread for him. The widow did as he asked. How
many of us would do the same? I’m sure we’d like to think we
would, but we should ask ourselves, How many times a week
am I asked to do something much easier, and I decline?
The woman was
for her generosity; she
was kept alive by God in a
time of famine. Later, the
man repaid her by asking
God to restore her son’s life, which God did. God gives us
choices every day. May we choose wisely.
Prayer: Dear God, give us eyes to see those in need and the
courage to help them. In the name of the compassionate
Jim Weems (Mississippi)
Prayer Focus: THOSE WHO ASK ME FOR FOOD OR MONEY
Thought for the Day
When I help others, I
am helping Christ.