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Giver of all Good Gifts

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter

β€œIt is more blessed to give than to receive.”(Acts 20:35)

I know a story that goes something like this: Two men were going along a path and saw a pair of old shoes, which they supposed belonged to a poor man who was employed in the field close by, and who had nearly finished his day’s work. One of the men turned to the other and said, “Let us play a trick on the man. We will hide his shoes, and conceal ourselves in the bushes and wait to see what happens when he cannot find his shoes.”

 

The other fellow answered, “We should never amuse ourselves at the   expense of the poor. Put a coin into each shoe, and then we will hide ourselves and watch how the discovery affects him.”

 

While the poor man put on his coat, he slipped his foot into one of his shoes. Feeling something hard, he stooped down to feel what it was, and found the coin. He proceeded with the other shoe. To his surprise was doubled on finding the other coin. His feelings overcame him. He fell upon his knees, looked up to heaven and uttered aloud a fervent thanksgiving, in which he spoke of his wife, sick and helpless, and his children without bread who would be saved from perishing. It truly is more blessed to give than to receive!

 


Heavenly Father, Giver of Everything,

help me to express my gratitude and praise for all Your good gifts

by sharing them with others.

In Your Name we pray.

Amen.


Phyllis Ehler
Mission/Human Resources, Avera St. Benedict Hospital

ACTS 20:28-38 ● PSALM 68:29-30, 33-35A, 35BC-36AB ● JOHN 17:11B-19

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