Anthony came to church yesterday. He arrived almost at the end of the 9:30 service. I recognized his face but couldn’t remember his name. I confessed that to him as I greeted him at the back of the sanctuary. He kindly reminded me and he apologized for being so late. I assured him that is was OK and shared that I was glad to see him in church again. Anthony asked for a Coke and I went downstairs and bought him one. He did not follow me downstairs but he did wait for my return at the top of the stairs. After a couple cookies and some conversation with others in the Parlor, Anthony headed off for the next part of his day. Our paths will cross again.
In encounters such as these, I often wonder if I did enough. It was a good chat and I was able to meet his request for a pop, but should have I done more? In the time and space between services on a busy Sunday morning, it was probably what I could offer. And maybe Anthony sensed that and kept his request simple as well. And now I will remember his name next time so I can start our conversation by greeting him by name when our paths cross again. In asking the question about doing enough, we prepare ourselves to do a little more the next time.
Our God has a special place in His heart for the poor and needy, for the widow and the orphan, for the destitute and powerless. In many places in the Bible we read about this love and our charge to care for those in need. In those moments and encounters today and in the week ahead, may we offer all we can, seeking to be His hands and feet.
Scripture reference: Proverbs 22: 1-2, 8-9, and 22-23