Ravens and Angels

"But when I, the Messiah, shall come in my glory, and all the angels with me, then I shall sit upon my throne of glory. And all the nations shall be gathered before me. And I will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and place the sheep at my right hand, and the goats at me left.

"Then I, the King, shall say to those at my right, 'Come, blessed of my Father, into the Kingdom prepared for you from the founding of the world. For I was hungry and you fed me; I was thirsty 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: 31-40 (TLB)

The ravens brought him bread and meat each morning and evening, and he drank from the brook. 1 Kings 17:6 (TLB)

J. Joel Sobalvarro Nieto, from Francisco Morazan, Honduras, finds Elijah to be one of the most interesting figures in the Bible. He suffered loneliness, persecution, humiliation, and hunger in grim desert places. But God never abandoned him. God heard Elijah's pleas, saw his tears, and sent ravens and angels to provide for his needs.

J. Joel can relate to Elijah's story. Recently, he was accepted into the doctoral program at a school of theology in Colombia. The school provided a scholarship for half of his tuition. The challenge for J. Joel was to pay the remaining half as well as housing and food costs.

God, with unfailing grace, sent "ravens and angels," warm and gentle people, to provide meals for me. Just as people provide such care for us, we are called to be "ravens" for others. Without a doubt, wherever we are, God counts on us to live out an authentic expression of our faith to help supply the needs of God's people.

Prayer: Merciful God, raise our awareness of those who do not have daily bread. Multiply our efforts to help as much as we can, wherever we can, whenever we can, in Jesus' name, amen.

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