One of the many things I love about the people of First Christian is that they know how to put their “thoughts and prayers” into action. It’s like the old story about the church that called a prayer meeting for some families who had lost their jobs and were struggling to make ends meet. Just before the prayer meeting began, a boy pulled up in a horse drawn wagon filled with food. When the people asked him what he was doing, he said, “Oh, my pa couldn’t come to the meeting – so he just sent his prayers in this wagon.”
Jesus said that on the Day of the Lord, the Son of Man will separate the sheep from the goats. To the sheep he will say, “I was hungry and you fed me… enter into the joy of your master.” Let’s just say the goats don’t fare so well. However, both the sheep and the goats ask, “When were you hungry and we fed you (or didn’t feed you)?”
Sometimes, thoughts and prayers are needed – and sometimes a more direct kind of help is called for. Thank you for knowing the difference and for continuing to be and share the Good News of Jesus Christ!