Ruth went to her mail box and there was only one letter. She picked it up and
looked at it before opening, but then she looked at the envelope again. There
was no stamp, no postmark, only her name and address. She read the letter:
I'm going to be in your neighborhood Saturday afternoon and I would like to visit.
Her hands were shaking as she placed the letter on the table. "Why would the
Lord want to visit me? I'm nobody special. I don't have anything to offer."
With that thought, Ruth remembered her empty kitchen cabinets.
"Oh my goodness, I really don't have anything to offer. I'll have to run down
to the store and buy something for dinner."
She reached for her purse and counted out it's contents. Five dollars and forty
cents. "Well, I can get some bread and cold cuts, at least."
She threw on her coat and hurried out the door. A loaf of French bread, a
half-pound of sliced turkey, and a carton of milk...leaving Ruth with grand
total of twelve cents to last her until Monday. Nonetheless, she felt good as she
headed home, her meager offerings tucked under her arm.
"Hey lady, can you help us, lady?"
Ruth had been so absorbed in her dinner plans, she hadn't even noticed two
figures huddled in the alleyway. A man and a woman, both of them dressed in
little more than rags.
"Look lady, I ain't got a job, 'ya know, and my wife and I have been living out
here on the street, and, well, it's getting cold and we're getting 'kinda hungry
and, well, if you could help us, lady, we'd really appreciate it."
Ruth looked at them both. They were dirty, they smelled bad and frankly, she
was certain that they could get some kind of work if they really wanted to.
"Sir, I'd like to help you, but I'm a poor woman myself. All I have is a few cold
cuts and some bread, and I'm having an important guest for dinner tonight and
I was planning on serving that to Him."
Yeah, well, okay lady, I understand. Thanks anyway."
The man put his arm around the woman's shoulders, turned and he headed
back into the alley. As she watched them leave, Ruth felt a familiar twinge in
The couple stopped and turned as she ran down the alley after them. "Look,
why don't you take this food. I'll figure out something else to serve my guest."
She handed the man her grocery bag.
Thank you lady. Thank you very much!" "Yes, thank you!" It was the man's
wife, and Ruth could see now that she was shivering.
"You know, I've got another coat at home. Here, why don't you take this one."
Ruth unbuttoned her jacket and slipped it over the woman's shoulders. Then
smiling, she turned and walked back to the street... without her coat and with
nothing to serve her guest.
"Thank you lady! Thank you very much!"
Ruth was chilled by the time she reached her front door, and worried too. The
Lord was coming to visit and she didn't have anything to offer Him.
She fumbled through her purse for the door key. But as she did, she noticed
another envelope in her mailbox. "That's odd. The mailman doesn't usually
come twice in one day." She took the envelope out of the box and opened it.
It was so good to see you again. Thank you for the lovely meal. And thank you, too, for the beautiful
The air was still cold, but even without her coat, Ruth no longer noticed.
~ Author Unknown~
Matthew 25:34-40 [Jesus said] Then shall the King say unto them on his right
hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you
from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat:
I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye
came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we
thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we
thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we
thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say
unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the
least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
1Cor 13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I
give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
1John 3:23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name
of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.