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|11-17-2007, 07:53 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Growing, Learning, Living
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Vacationing on earth
One of the many ways to see Jesus
Ruth went to her mail box and
there was only one letter.
She picked it up and looked at it before opening, but
then she looked at the envelope ag ain.
There was no stamp, no postmark, only her name and
She read the letter:
I`m going to be in your neighborhood Saturday
afternoon and I'd like to stop by for a visit.
Her hands were shaking as she placed the letter on
"Why would the Lord want to visit me? I'm nobody special.
I don't have anything to offer."
With that thought, Ruth remembered her empty kitchen cabinets.
"Oh my goodness, I really don't have anything to offer. I'll have to run down to the store and buy something for dinner."
She reached for her purse and counted out its contents. Five dollars and forty cents.
"Well, I can get some bread and cold cuts, at least."
She threw on her coat and hurried out the door.
A loaf of French bread, a half-pound of sliced turkey, and a carton of milk...leaving Ruth with grand
total twelve cents to last her until Monday.Nonetheless, she felt good as she headed home, her
meager offerings tucked under her arm.
"Hey lady, can you help us,lady?"
R uth had been so absorbed in her dinner plans, she hadn't even noticed two figures huddled in the
alleyway. A man and a woman, both of them dressed in little more than rags.
"Look lady, I ain't got a job, ya know, and my wife and I have been living out here on the street, and,
well, now it's getting cold and we're getting kinda hungry and, well, if you could help us. Lady, we'd
really appreciate it."
Ruth looked at them both. They were dirty, they smelled bad and frankly, she was certain that they could get some kind of work if they really wanted to.
"Sir, I'd like to help you, but I'm a poor woman myself. All I have is a few cold cuts and some bread, and I'm having an important guest for dinner tonight and I was planning on serving that to Him."
"Yeah, well, okay lady, I understand. Thanks anyway."
The man put his arm around the woman's shoulders, turned and headed back into the alley.
As she watched them leave, Ruth felt a familiar twinge in her heart.
The couple stopped and turned as she ran down the alley after them.
"Look, why don't you take this food. I'll figure out something else to serve my guest."
She handed the man her grocery bag.
"Thank you lady. Thank you very much!"
"Yes, thank you!" It was the man's wife, and Ruth could see now that she was shivering.
"You know, I've got another coat at home. Here, why don't you take this one."
Ruth unbuttoned her jacket and slipped it over the woman's shoulders.
Then smiling, she turned and walked back to the street...without her coat and with nothing to serve
"Thank you lady! Thank you very much!"
Ruth was chilled by the time she reached her front door, and worried too.
The Lord was coming to visit and she didn't have anything to offer Him.
She fumbled through her purse for the door key. But as she did, she noticed another envelope in her
"That's odd. The mailman doesn't usually come twice in one day."
It was so good to see you again. Thank you for the lovely meal.
And thank you, too, for the beautiful coat.
The air was still cold, but even without her coat, Ruth no longer noticed.
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well. ~ Matthew 6:33
|11-17-2007, 08:34 AM||#2 (permalink)|
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Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Winthrop, Maine
I like that story. I’ve heard a couple of different versions of it, but the moral seems to be the same. Mat 25:40 “inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”
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|11-17-2007, 02:47 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: mountain grove, missouri
My sponsor asked me to study out that verse...........now we both take AA meetings into the prison.
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2007 Road King Classic
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"God is doing for me what I could not do for myself"
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