We’ve just heard the bells ringing, ever-present Salvation Army drives near business doors, folks in Santa hats collecting coins. December: the season of giving. Can you spare a dime… a turkey… used clothes and toys for the needy?
Why is this goodwill not extended more widely year round, our charitable focus ongoing?
Mother Teresa said, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love… If you can’t feed a hundred, then just feed one.”
Everything we do for the least of these counts. Giving extra food to a hungry bird or animal out in the cold counts. A simple smile to a lonely heart counts. Every bit of compassion counts.
At St. Timothy’s they all flock like birds to a feeder by day. The homeless seeking hot soup and sandwiches, at times a little money for meds. We know the beggars by name. Kenny’s home is a grocery cart from Piggly Wiggly, all his worldly possessions stuffed inside.
Under the breezeway he sits alone, preparing his evening meal. He’s plugged a crock pot alongside a percolator inside an electrical outlet. Rigged an open-air kitchen in secret. Thinks he’s alone under stars sneaking out slow and peaceful.
Kenny doesn’t know I’m spying on him through the Anderson Hall window, and is surprised when he sees me approaching to ask, “What’s for dinner?” Gingerly, he removes the crock pot lid to show me tomato soup starting to simmer. “Where did you get your kitchen?”
“Goodwill had a surplus of crock pots and percolators and offered me these for free.” Then he leans back against the brick wall, luxuriating under the breezeway with coffee and soup to warm and feed him on a chilly night.
When I ask, “Would you like dessert to go with your coffee?” he nods with pleasure.
Back in the kitchen I pull a brand new bag of butter cookies from the pantry shelf and deliver it to Kenny, who is so filled with gratitude you’d have thought I just handed him a Sultan’s Golden Cake. A wholehearted “Much obliged” from a homeless man brings great reward.
When have you received or offered a small deed of kindness with great love?
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