Monday, February 23, 2009

Little things

The trip to Mexico has made a lasting impression. We can't quit talking about it. We are all dreaming about it. And our prayer life has been changed.

On Sunday of our trip, Paul Wilson, one of the pastor's of our church, opened the morning devotion by reading a passage of scripture from Matthew. As I put him to bed Sunday evening, Benjamin shared how much the scripture touched his heart. He had been limited that day in what he could do to physically help build the house. Instead, he spent time passing out the "dulces" in his belt and entertaining the children -- and the adults as we took our breaks sitting beside him! He told me at bedtime that he kept hearing the scripture in his head all day and knew that what he was doing was being used by God as much as what the rest of us were doing!

"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me,'

"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and cloth you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'

"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' " Matthew 25: 34-40 (NIV)