Which One Fits?

Friday, August 23

8-23By Chris Lasley of Vancouver, Washington, USA

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

—Luke 4:18–19

Here’s a story about Stan, a hardware store owner who is good news to the poor. A few years ago he received a phone call from an older woman named Anna. She wanted to know if he knew any good plumbers. Stan replied, “I know they will charge you US$80 for walking up your sidewalk and knocking on your door. What seems to be the problem?” Anna replied, “I don’t have any hot water.”

Stan asked if she had anyone who could look at her water heater, but Anna couldn’t think of anyone. So Stan wrote down her address and told her he would be off work at 5 p.m. and would drop by.

When Stan arrived at Anna’s house she showed him the water heater. He pushed the reset button, and Anna had hot water again. That’s all it took.

He asked, “How long have you been without hot water?” She replied, “About four years now. I’ve been heating the water on the stove.” She told him she had family coming from California and wanted to make sure they had hot water.

A few years passed, and Stan thought he would stop by to see how Anna was doing. When he knocked on her door, a young man answered. Two small children and a young mother looked on curiously. Stan recognized the man who had been in his store before but didn’t know his name. Stan asked if Anna still lived there.

“No,” the young man replied. “She went to a nursing home and then passed away.” Stan was surprised and then asked, “How’s your water heater doing?” “Not so well” the young man replied, “The water is only lukewarm.”

“Well,” Stan said grinning, “I just happened to bring two different thermostats with me. Let’s see which one fits.” Stan had a gift to give—to whoever needed it.

Prayer for Peace
Generous God, thank you for guiding us to be the hands of Jesus whenever needed. Thank you for inspiring us to have our gifts and talents ready and tuned for your use. May we always be ready to share Christ’s peace.

Spiritual Practice: Shaping into Wholeness
Hold (or imagine holding) a glass cup, bowl, or vase. Explore its shape, texture, and color. Let the container symbolize your life as it is being formed. Write on strips of paper (or in your journal) the things that are not yet just and whole in your life. Place the strips in the glass container and hold it in your hands. Pray a prayer of confession and petition, asking God to continue to breathe in and on you, shaping you into a just and compassionate person.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will look for people who need my gifts.

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  1. Jewell

     /  23 August 2013

    Reading this brought so much joy to me today! Thank you.


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