One of my devotions, which I would like to share with you. . .
Once there was a young boy who wanted to meet God.
He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with Twinkies and root beer and started on his journey. His dad always told him that he spent time with God when he went fishing, so the boy figured he should walk along the shoreline to find God's home.
After a while, he met an old woman who was sitting on the beach watching the seagulls. He sat down next to her and opened his suitcase. He was about to take a drink of his root beer when he noticed that she looked hungry, so he offered her a Twinkie. She smiled at him and accepted. Her smile was so pretty that he wanted to see it again, so he offered her a root beer. Again, she smiled and accepted. The boy was absolutely delighted! They sat there all afternoon, eating and smiling, but neither said a word.
As it grew dark, the boy became tired and got up to leave. But before he left, he gave the old woman a long hug, and she gave him another giant smile!
When the boy returned home, his mother was surprised by the look of pure joy on his face. She asked him, "What did you do today that made you so happy?"
He replied, "I had lunch with God." But before his mother could respond, he said, "You know what? She's got the most beautiful smile I've ever seen!"
Meanwhile, the old woman returned to her home full of joy. Her daughter was stunned by the look of peace, and asked her, "Mom, what did you do today that made you so happy?"
She replied, "I ate Twinkies at the beach with God." And before her daughter could say a word, she added, "You know, he’s a lot younger than I expected him to be."
Moral: God is everywhere and in everyone. In sharing acts of love and compassion, we not only serve them, but we serve God who created each one of us.
Jesus said as much in Matthew 25:35-40, "was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you gave me clothes to wear. I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison, and you visited me."
Then those who were righteous will reply to him, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? When did we see you as a stranger and welcome you, or naked and give you clothes to wear? When did we see you sick or in prison, and visit you? Jesus replied to them, "I assure you that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me."
It is my prayer that each one of you might embrace this call to be God for someone. As we approach September, it is our hope that we can begin again the various ministries-Sunday school, choir, single mothers fellowship, confirmation-that have been important for our church. But this takes volunteers. So I would ask that each of you consider how you can be a part of the work. Think about it. Pray about it. Be God's voice, God's hands, or God's feet.
THANKS BE TO GOD!