It’s Peaches Tonight

Tuesday, June 11

6-11By Greg Savage of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, USA

For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. The one who thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and has human approval.

—Romans 14:17–18

What do peaches have to do with stewardship? Technically, nothing! But, every time I see a can of peaches, I think of my friend, Walter, a good steward indeed.

As a graduation present, some friends and I went to Europe. We met Walter on our first full day in London. We hit it off well with him—joking and kidding one another as if we had been friends for years.

The first meal we had with him and his sister, Jenny, we learned about peaches. “When we have company and there is a spoon at the head of the plate,” he explained, “Jenny will probably serve my favorite dessert, peaches.” We had peaches that night.

Walter shared his testimony of how their family had lived in the slums of London and had come to know the gospel through contact with Community of Christ. He spoke of having “water soup” as a child. The soup was made from cast-off bones from the butcher shop and maybe some onion and bits of potato. His mother would pray over the meal, but often would not have a bowl herself. He testified that the principles of A Disciple’s Generous Response helped lift his family from its impoverished condition.

Walter loved the Lord and served in any way he could. He was a printer by trade and used one week of his vacation to travel, at his own expense, with one of the missionaries to share the gospel. He and Jenny lived in a three-bedroom house close to the church. Over the years, they hosted many visitors who came to the Enfield Congregation. Their ministry of hospitality was a comfort and a blessing to all.

When I see peaches, I think of Walter—a testimony of one who responded to God’s abundance with Mission Initiatives at heart.

Prayer for Peace
God of righteousness and peace, we take joy in your Holy Spirit. May our service be acceptable to you. May it be a blessing to others.

Spiritual Practice: Reflection on Hunger
Bring a piece of bread to your worship space and hold it in your hands. Reflect on all the people and processes that made this bread possible. See and remember the farmers growing and harvesting the grain; the millers, bakers, transportation workers, and grocers. Offer a prayer of gratitude and blessing for all who have worked to create this bread. Take a bite. Chew slowly, and let it become part of your body. Ask for compassion and courage to offer bread to all who hunger.

Peace Covenant
As I look on the blessings of life, God, I will be reminded of ways to bless others.

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4 Comments

  1. Jewell

     /  13 June 2013

    Thanks Greg for sharing the memory of two special folk whose home was open.

  2. Integrated Communications

     /  11 June 2013

    Hi spwheels… sorry about your frustration. I did a little research and here is what the WordPress help site says to try:

    ___Unfollow a Blog___

    First, make sure you’re logged in. Then visit the site you want to unfollow, hover over the button that says Following in the toolbar at the top of the screen, and the option to unfollow the blog will appear.

    You can also click Edit List in your Reader to display the list of blogs you follow. Find the blog you no longer wish to follow, then click the grey X next to the name of the site to stop receiving notifications of new posts from that blog.
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    Let us know if that doesn’t work. There is not a way for us to remove the email of anyone who has chosen to follow the blog. If the tips above don’t work, we’ll have to contact WordPress for some additional help. Thanks!

  3. Dennis Aldridge

     /  11 June 2013

    How nice to be reminded of Walter Wicks and Jenny. Thanks, Greg.

  4. spwheels

     /  11 June 2013

    STOP THESE I CANNOT GET YOU TO STOP SENDING THESE E-MAILS. I KEEP TRYING TO UNSUBSCRIBE AND THEY KEEP COMING. spwheels2010@gmail.com

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