Lenten Devotional – Day 27 – Gratitude is Living Water
Scripture: Hebrews 13:2 –
2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
After years of distributing church funds to those in need and managing area ministerial group funds for the same purpose, there have been more than a few times when my compassion quotient has hovered on empty.
Though I have never even hinted at the need for repayment of assistance, you can only be told so many times, “I’ll pay you back as soon as next week’s check comes in” – never to see the person again – before frustration begins to threaten.
Hearing the exact same family tragedy explained 3 months later because someone has forgotten which church they last came to for help, lays the foundation for apathy to reign.
Living Water has come to me in the occasional ‘thank you’ note slipped under my office door, in the one in 200+ envelopes that has a few dollars in it for the assistance fund and the crayon drawing showing a smiling child who is happy their daddy made it home after the car broke down in our little town.
I am eternally grateful that God has never reached a point of frustrated apathy in answering my needs, and I am blessed that he has sent refreshing reminders of who I am serving when I assist angels unaware.
Prayer: Loving Father, giver of all good things, help me each day to remember that you have blessed me that I might be a blessing to others. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
– Joe Phipps | Fairfield, IA