A Thanksgiving Wish

A painting purchased in China years ago in support of a struggling artist.

A painting purchased in China years ago in support of a struggling peasant artist.

It was almost 1:00 before Ron and I headed for lunch at a little Italian sandwich place just around the corner.

We drove separately—I would return home to do some work; Ron would head to the store. As I parked in the lot in front of the restaurant, I noticed a woman sitting alone in a truck next to my car. I thought nothing of it.

We walked into the restaurant, sat down to enjoy our sandwiches, and finished about 40 minutes later. As we headed back to our cars, I noticed the truck still parked in the space next to my car. But this time the door to the truck was ajar and the woman inside was crying.

I was in a hurry to get home, but felt compelled to stop. I asked, “Do you need some help?”

“Yes,” she said, “I can’t get my truck to start. And I can’t reach my husband. I don’t know what to do.”

I saw Ron backing out of his parking space and raced over to flag him down. When he saw me, he pulled over and I explained that a woman in a truck needed help. He parked his car and walked on over.

The woman looked relieved and grateful.

Ron got into the truck, tried to turn it over, but he couldn’t get it out of park. There was no electrical power. He opened the hood, pushed, pulled, and shook a couple of wires (admitting he had no idea what he was doing), then got back into the truck and turned the engine over. It started! With the power restored, Ron shifted out of park and into gear and the truck was ready to go!

The woman was ecstatic. She asked if she could give us each a big hug and we accepted. Ron warned her as she drove away not to turn the engine off under any circumstances until she was safely home.

We followed her in both cars as far as we could until she only had about a half mile to go.

Later in the day, I told Ron he did a good thing. He said he had no idea what he was doing, but glad it had all worked out.

So here’s my Thanksgiving wish for all of you: May you be blessed with the opportunity this holiday season to help someone in need or share with others who are less fortunate.

Maybe it’s comforting a child who has fallen off a bicycle, or slipping twenty dollars to a young mother in line at Walmart who is short the cash to pay her bill and has to decide whether she should return the milk her children need or the baby’s diapers, or buying an inexpensive print to help a struggling artist.

The tiniest act of kindness pleases our Father in Heaven. It says so in the Scriptures:

Hebrews 13:16 “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”

Proverbs 19:17 “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.”

Matthew 25: 35-40  “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Happy Thanksgiving!

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