A Child of God

" 'For I was hungry and you fed me; I was thirty and you gave me water; I was a stranger and you invited me into your home; naked and you clothed me; sick and in prison, and you visited me.'

"Then these righteous ones will reply, 'Sir, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you anything to drink? Or a stranger, and help you? Or naked, and clothe you? When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you?'

"And I, the King, will tell them, 'When you did it to these my brothers you were doing it to me!"

Matthew 25: 35-40 (TLB)

Harold Lemley, from Georgia, with his wife and his grandson had been shopping and were about to leave for home. Nearby, an older man was waving a sign that read, "Navy Vet. Will dance for food." Harold intended to ignore him and drive on, but his 16-year-old grandson stopped him. He said, "Papa, that man is hungry, and we need to buy him lunch."

Harold sometimes disregarded people holding similar signs because he questioned their sincerity. At his grandson's statement, he remembered the reading above from Matthew. It did not matter if the man was a veteran, or willing to dance, or even if his need was sincere. He was a child of God who was hungry. They purchased lunch for the man who blessed them as he received the food. As Harold received his blessing, he knew that he had learned a valuable lesson.

Prayer: O God, forgive us when we dismiss the needs of others. Thank you for the people who remind us to offer what we can to help those in need, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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