This week at the soup kitchen, I've seen the abundant
generosity of our community: bikes and toys for children, on the Angel Trees;
turkeys, hams, fruit, candy, and ice cream for the needy; money to purchase
supplies for meals, for the hungry; and, people, who volunteered their time, at
Feed My Sheep. Each donation was a blessing and was used to glorify Jesus
Christ, whose birth is the reason, for celebrating every day. However, out of
all of these tremendous gifts, there is one, that I will remember and share,
for the rest of my life.
In a booth, a young couple, unknown to me, sat finishing
the last of their meal. As I wished them a Merry Christmas, they shared there
desire, to make a donation. They told of being homeless, living in their truck,
coming to the soup kitchen, and, talking and praying with the pastor, Dayton
Livingston. Soon after, God had blessed them and now, they wanted to give back
to Him. I saw that they still had so little and sent them away without
accepting the funds. I explained that their gratitude and thankfulness to God
was their true gift.
After running an errand, I returned, to the soup kitchen,
and was glad, to see 2 bags of cornmeal and a box of coffee. We were out of
cornmeal, low on coffee, and still had more meals, to prepare. I saw the pastor
and told him the story of the thankful young couple. As he listened, a smile
came across his face, and then, he told how the couple, undeterred by me, went
to the grocery and returned with 2 bags of cornmeal and a box of coffee.
Two bags of cornmeal and a box of coffee — the second
best Christmas gift of my life and eclipsed only by God, who gave me the best!