Pulpit Reflections by Stewart Lozensky Seventh Day Adventist Church It was a cold day in southeast Wisconsin. The sky was gray with a threat of snow. Les and I were working from home to home showing the families Bible story books for the children.
She was young and very kind and invited us in to her humble apartment. We sat in her living room showing her what we were doing but finding it hard to concentrate. The constant cries of the baby tugged at my heart and I could go no farther in my presentation.
"Is the baby all right?" I asked. "Feel free if you need to go and check on her."
"She's okay," the mother said, but as I looked into her face I could tell that there was something wrong.
"Please forgive me, but are you sure the baby is ok?" I asked. "She seems to be crying consistently."
The mother, in her late teens or early 20s, broke down and told us that she had no formula for the baby since the day before and that she had run out of diapers and was using dishtowels. Things had not gone well in recent days and she didn't know what to do.
I then made the decision to put away my books and work to
console her while my partner went to the store and purchased formula and diapers.
At that moment she needed our help far more than she needed for me to try to sell her some books.
Jesus in Mathew 25:40 addresses this type of situation when he says "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."
This holiday season I would encourage us all to look beyond our own agendas. While we are hustling and bustling to buy presents for our own families and friends lets be observant to those who may need our help too. Let's turn an open ear to the cries of others.
Let's look into the faces of those in distress and be willing to share with them some of our blessings. Jesus has done everything for us to make salvation possible and we all really are the "least of these" in some way at some time.
Just remember as you do it for others you have done it for Jesus. Happy holidays and blessings to all.