A glass of milk?

My friend, may I ask you a question? How does God want us to react to our neighbor when he or she cries out for help? Do we just say it will be alright? Or is there always something more we can do? Something that will actually make a difference even when its a small thing, something that might even be insignificant?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

Emma, the oldest of our Dachshunds, is getting up there. She is around 14 or so, old for most dogs. Her hearing is failing, as is her eyesight. As an older dog with issues, she just needs more attention. Emma sleeps a lot. She gets under foot because she can’t quite gauge distance anymore. Sometimes she get hot and drinks too much water and suddenly can’t hold her bladder. Sometimes she has to go outside even though she did that already. We correct her a lot, especially when she gets grumpy with one of the other dogs. Just a word, a rebuke, is of little value when dealing with Emma though. She really can’t hear much and needs special attention. A cry from Emma in the night because of an ache or sudden pain requires more than just a “go back to sleep and you’ll be alright.” She needs attention, perhaps some care, or even a cuddle.

How does God want us to react to our neighbor when he or she cries out for help? Do we just say it will be alright? Or is there always something more we can do?

Here's a story: One hot summer day, a young medical student was going from house to house selling books to earn money to pay for his education. He called at a farmhouse where the only one home was a teenage girl. She told him, "I'm so sorry, but we can't afford to buy books." The young man then asked, "May I have a drink of water?" "Sure. But wouldn't you rather have a glass of cold milk?" "I would," he replied. Years passed. The medical student became a physician. One day while making rounds he recognized a patient as the girl who had given him the drink and moved her to a private room and given his best medical care. One day a nurse said to her, "Tomorrow you're going home." "I'm glad," she said, "but what about the bill." "I'll get it, and we'll see." The nurse returned with the treasurer of the hospital, who presented the bill to the patient. She glanced at the bottom line, shocked at the high amount! But then she noticed these words written across the statement: "Paid in full by a glass of milk. Howard A. Kelly, M.D." (Author Unknown)

Goodness and godliness are often associated only with what we feel or what we think. Yes, God wants our hearts, minds, and souls to be thoroughly convicted and passionate. Yes, without faith and love, all action is hollow and vain. But, the Bible makes clear that faith is not genuine if all it does is change how we think between our ears. Real faith leads us to action. Jesus changes lives, not just thoughts. So the ultimate question of faith, is this: "What, Lord, should I do?" So why not begin each day by asking Jesus that question? Words are one thing but actions do speak louder. When a neighbor needs our help the best thing is to go and do, not just offer sympathy. As a glass of cold milk yielded help a hundred fold, so your small deed of kindness may reap a harvest of love.

We pray. Keep us, O God, from pettiness; let us be large in thought, in word, in deed. May we put away all pretense and meet everyone face to face without self-pity and without prejudice. May we never be hasty in judgment and always generous. Let us take time for all things. Make us grow calm, serene and gentle. Teach us to put into action our better impulses, straightforward and unafraid. Grant that we may realize it is the little things of life that create differences and that in the big things of life we are one. And, O Lord God, let us not forget to be kind! In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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