The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ ~ Matthew 25:40
Aunt Stella is a happy old lady who is about 72 years old. She has 8 children, 16 grandchildren and some great grandchildren too. It is quite a large family. She really loves and cares for her family. But Aunt Stella also has a heart for the poor. She would collect all the coins into a special pouch and keep it aside. While traveling in the auto rickshaw through the busy streets of Hyderabad city she would look out for any poor person she could see. At the pedestrian crossing, at road intersections, at signals, at the sidewalk, on the footpath, her eyes would search all over the place. And when she came across a poor person, a leper, a handicapped, the lame, the blind, or some poor hungry beggar, she would signal the rickshaw driver to stop, pull out the pouch and generously give some coins away. This was real happiness to her.
When she shared about this I thought it is such an exemplary and wonderful thing to do. Now, every time I take out some coins from my purse, I am reminded of Aunt Stella and her acts of kindness. She was just an ordinary housewife – but she is making a difference in her own way.
The Bible encourages us to remember the poor. How can we do this? We can also keep aside a special pouch and collect all the coins to give to the poor and needy. We can include a certain amount for the poor in the monthly budget. We could visit an old age home and donate some food, cloths etc. Or we could just give away food packets to the hungry by the roadside. There are so many ways we can remember the poor. Galatians 6:9 says, ‘Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up’. Luke 6:38 says, ‘Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.’
‘Heavenly Father, I thank you for all the blessings You have given me. Help me to share them with those in need, even unto the least. In Jesus Name, Amen’.
He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done ~ Proverbs 19:17
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