Read 1 Timothy 6: 17-19
The angel answered [Cornelius], “Your prayers
and gifts to the poor have come up as a
memorial offering before God.”
Over 200 steep steps lead to the Sacre Coeur Basilica in
Paris, France. My daughter Caroline and I climbed those
steps to visit the church, located on a bluff overlooking Paris.
When we finally made it to the top, we stood on quivering legs
and beheld the beautiful panorama.
Leaving the church, we saw a woman lying across the
doorstep, directly in our path. She wore a threadbare orange
coat and a green scarf. She seemed cold, dirty, and helpless. I had to step over her to get out of the church. As I did,
I thought to myself, Do church members step over people like
her too? Both Caroline and I felt God nudging us to help the
woman. Caroline turned back and knelt down. She pressed
a few Euros into the woman’s hand and said, “God loves you.”
The woman’s face brightened with a smile.
Our encounter with that woman made me realize that I
often “step over” people in
need. It can be easy to go
through our days without
noticing the needs of others
around us. Though we may
not be able to help everyone, we can give as the Spirit leads us. Showing love to others
is showing love to God.
Prayer: Dear Father, lead us to people we can help today.
May our generosity be motivated by our love for you. Amen.
May Patterson (Alabama)
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE I HAVE “STEPPED OVER”
Thought for the Day
Today I will respond when
God nudges me to