looked at the letter one more time. There was no stamp, no postmark, only her
name and address. She read the letter one more time...
I am going to be in your neighbourhood Saturday
afternoon and I'd like to stop by for a 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."
She reached for her
purse and counted out its contents. Five dollars and forty-five 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 a 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.
lady! Can you help us, lady?" Ruth had been so absorbed in her dinner plans
that she hadn't even noticed the two figures huddled in the alleyway. A man and
woman, both of them dressed in little more than rags.
lady, I ain't got a job, ya know, and my wife and I have been living out here
on the street, and, well, now it's gettin' cold and we're gettin' kinda hungry,
and, if you could helpus, lady, we'd really appreciate it."
looked at them both. They were dirty, they smelled bad and frankly she was sure
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 headed back into the alley.
As she watched them
leave, she felt a familiar twinge in her heart. "Sir, wait!" 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 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 that 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!"
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 good to see you again. Thank you for
the lovely meal.
And thank you too, for the beautiful coat.
The air was still cold, but even without
her coat, Ruth no longer noticed.
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