A Good Deed

Let there be tears for the wrong things you have done. Let there be sorrow and sincere grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Then when you realize your worthlessness before the Lord, he will lift you up, encourage and help you.

Don't criticize and speak evil about each other, dear brothers. If you do, you will be fighting against God's law of loving one another, declaring it is wrong. But your job is not to decide whether this law is right or wrong, but to obey it. 1 Peter 4:9-11 (TLB)

Jesus said, "I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in." Matthew 25:35 (NIV)

Catherine Pettie Hart is from Georgia. Their senior ministry added a new line to the above verse: "We were stranded and you rescued us." On a trip to Jackson, Georgia, their bus experienced transmission trouble. They noticed two vans in the parking lot of a nearby church. It was a long shot, but they stopped and asked if they would rent one of the vans to them for the 50-mile trip back to Atlanta. They said yes! Plus, they loaned us the van without charge or verification of our dilemma. They merely requested that we return the van that evening, which we did and with a full tank of gas. Of particular note, the church secretary warmly welcomed the 16 of us in, offered us something to drink, and did not judge us by the color of our skin.

The next Sunday several of them returned to the church to say thank you in person. They made a donation to the church and gave flowers to the secretary. The people of this church truly lived out Jesus' teaching to welcome the stranger. They were recipients of not just a good deed but a wonderful blessing from God.

Prayer: Gracious Father, thank you for the kindness of your children who help others stranded on the road of life, in Jesus' name, amen.

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