John 6:12 – When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. (KJV)
Acts 3:6-7 – Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. (KJV)
It was after ten o'clock, and the day was almost spent, when I said to my husband, "The kitchen is closed for the day." Whenever I make this remark, my husband does not reply, because he knows that should he require refreshments from the kitchen, I would be happy to comply. Almost immediately the telephone bell rang, and a dear friend asked if he could come and spend the night in our home. He had been visiting his son, whose numerous children with their boundless energy had proved too much for him. Without hesitation the answer was "Yes." I "opened the kitchen" and prepared my easy standby: grilled cheese sandwiches with slivers of onions as a snack. I did not have any appetite for such refreshments, but my husband was more than happy to join him.
Shortly after this visit, we were informed that our friend was very seriously ill. Today, it gives me great pleasure to think that God chose me, together with my husband, to give a helping hand to this very precious man. Few of us have wealth which would be of equal value to silver or gold to give, but we all have special abilities to help lift up the fallen, the broken, and the needy. Peter said to the cripple, "Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have give I thee."
On the occasion when Jesus fed the five thousand, He was concerned that not a crumb of bread would be overlooked, so every crumb was carefully collected. If a crumb of bread was of value to Christ, how much more is a precious soul of great worth to our Saviour? May we be sensitive to every opportunity to give a helping hand to that one in need.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for the many "helping hands" which have come into our lives to help us along The Way. Thank You, heavenly Father, for the knowledge that we are without price, because of the great sacrifice of Your only begotten Son on the cross of Calvary. We approach Your throne with thanksgiving, through the authority of Your Son, Christ Jesus. Amen.