The other evening I had the pleasure of preaching at the mission again this month. I love it so much. My wife bakes two pans of brownies and puts frosting on them. She also bakes three different kinds of cookies, a couple dozen each. This is a labor of love for our family. We love these men and it is our pleasure to bake these snacks and share them with the men. They appreciate it so much.
I was moved nearly to tears as I told one of the men that the 600 count package of napkins would be left for them to use. He responded, “Praise the LORD! Thank you.” It was a package of napkins. To you and I this is a simple thing that we take for granted; but, to this man it was a luxury. It was such a small thing to us; but, to him it meant that someone cared enough to share what they had with them. It humbled me for sure.
This man’s response to a package of napkins brought to my mind I Thessalonians 5:18, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” I have come to learn that I have no idea what life is like for these people. One thing I believe is that if Jesus were here today walking on earth as He did in His day that He would have gone to the men, women, boys and girls at the mission. He ministered to the down and out more than the up and up crowd. After tonight, I am thankful for napkins.
So, how are you doing?