A BMT, Some Birds and a Bag-Lady

Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!
(Luke 12:24)

I spent a several hours at the Dallas Public Library today. Two striking things crossed my mind as I ate my subway sandwich outside in the courtyard. The sparrows, pigeons, and starlings all came begging for a few crumbs. It was a little scary when the number shot up to hundreds. Still I felt privileged to share my sandwich with some of God’s creation. I began to think about how God uses us to care for the earth and creatures who live here. People have a big responsibility to help the less fortunate and those who are disadvantaged.

About halfway through my five dollar foot-long with extra pickles, a bag lady in tattered coat, carrying an old hat box and a lot of walmart plastic bags asked if she could have a bite. It shocked me a bit. It was then that I thought, “why am I so quick to feed these pigeons and slow to share the other six inches of my sandwich with this lady?”

I gave her the other half of my sandwich. She slowly walked away dropping a few crumbs for the crowd of birds. Surely, God’s creatures all deserve an act of kindness when we can provide it.

So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
(Galatians 6:10)

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

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