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Reflection: 225 Miles for a Special Delivery

Rich Morgan and his wife, Julie, used to live in Battle Creek, Michigan, where their favorite pizza place was “Steve’s Pizza.”  Though they’ve moved several times in the last 25 years, they still considered Steve’s the gold standard.

The couple planned to travel from their current home in Indianapolis back to Steve’s, but had to go to the hospital instead.  They discovered that Rich’s cancer had worsened, and he didn’t have much time to live.  He was moved to hospice care.

A relative of the Morgans called Steve’s Pizza, hoping they could send a note to Rich to brighten up a trying time for him.  They did one better.  Manager Dalton Shaffer, the grandson of the original Steve, found out what Rich’s favorite pizza was and drove 225 miles to deliver it.

Within four hours, Dalton arrived at the hospice with a pepperoni and mushroom pizza for Rich and Julie.  The family was overwhelmed with gratitude, but Dalton said he was happy to do it and that they were in his prayers.  Rich’s family put out a message on Facebook thanking Dalton for “the epic pizza delivery and the unbelievable kindness of a stranger.”

Clothe yourselves with compassion. (Colossians 3:12)

May I sing Your praise with acts of compassion, Jesus!

Taken from Three Minutes a Day (volume 54) by The Christophers

Reflection: A Payless Donation

When a Payless shoe store in Hays, Kansas, was going out of business in early 2019, one woman was inspired to buy out nearly 200 pairs of shoes – not for herself, but for flood victims in Nebraska.

Fort Hays State University graduate Addy Tritt heard that her alma mater was taking part in the Nebraska flood relief effort, so she decided to help.  “I have been so blessed,” she told the Hays Post.  “So many people have helped me when I was down.  I want to help if I can.”

When she heard that her local Payless was going out of business, Tritt walked in to buy out the remaining shoes in the store.  After some negotiation, she bought 204 pairs of shoes for $100 out of her own pockets.  The retail value was $6,000.

Tritt hopes that her donation inspires others to volunteer and help however they can.  “I think everything is a part of God’s plan,” She said. “If you can do something for someone else, you need to find a way, even if it is a pair of shoes.”

The Lord sits enthroned over the flood. (Psalm 29:10)

Merciful God, help me be a lifeline to others. 

Taken from Three Minutes a Day (volume 54) by The Christophers

Reflection: Measuring the Value of Life

By what yardstick do you measure the value of life?  British journalist Mary Craig offered an appealing standard in a book she wrote many years ago, titled Blessings.  After a forthright description of her efforts to accept the disabilities of her second son, Paul, she explained her very real grief at his death:

“I owed him an incredible debt.  If our value as human beings lies in what we do for each other, Paul had done a great deal: he had, at the very least, opened the eyes of his mother to the suffering that was in the world, and had brought her to understand something of the redemptive force it was capable of generating.”

That was quite the accomplishment for a 10-year-old who was never able to speak, required constant attention, and lived what some would call a vegetative life.

Of suffering, Craig wrote: “The value of suffering does not lie in the pain of it, which is morally neutral – but in what the sufferer makes of it,” which is the essence of Christ’s acceptance of the cross.

Father… not as I will but as You will. (Matthew 26:39)

Jesus, help me bear my crosses.

Taken from Three Minutes a Day (volume 54) by The Christophers

Reflection: A Little Boy’s Empathy

Five-year-old Miguel Garcia didn’t understand his father’s sickness.  But he did know that his father was losing strength and had to go to the hospital frequently for special treatments.

He also knew that his father was losing his hair due to the treatment, and that this made him feel sad.  His father spoke of feeling strange and alone.  Miguel’s older brothers felt very bad and so did Miguel, who said he wanted to do something for his father.

One night, Miguel called his father into his bedroom.  The five-year-old had cut off all his hair so his father wouldn’t feel alone.  He told his father, “I did it because I love you.”

There are no words with more healing power than words of love.  The more we express our love in words and deeds, the better we become as human beings.

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. (1 John 3:1)

Jesus, show us how to love each other as You love us.

Taken from Three Minutes a Day (volume 54) by The Christophers