Valeena worked for me in our Christian book store for many years. She served the Lord in Belize as a short-term missionary with Literature Crusades (now International Teams). That's where she met Raymond and they got married back here in Canada almost 30 years ago. I played the organ at their wedding and again at their 25th wedding anniversary. Following their wedding I provided a room for them to live in until they could get their own place.
Raymond was very sick and close to death several years ago but the Lord miraculously spared his life. He's doing very well now.
So, today, all these years later, they came to take Carol and me out for lunch. Raymond insisted on paying the tab! Before leaving my office for lunch, they gave me an envelope with a very substantial cash gift for the Epistle ministry in it. To top it off, they gave us a great bicycle they had bought at a garage sale.
We had a wonderful time reliving memories and praising God for His faithfulness.
So what's the moral of this front-porch tale?
When we sow seeds of kindness and generosity into the lives of others, we will see a harvest in a future day. It may be 5 years down the road, or 50 years, or never...until we get home.
Let's give generously of ourselves to others with no thought of anything in return.
"For God is not unrighteous to forget or overlook your labor and the love which you have shown for His name's sake in ministering to the needs of the saints (His own consecrated people), as you still do." - Hebrews 6:10 (Amplified Bible)
Note: Thanks to pilgrim pal, Debra, for this wonderful photo. When I saw it...I began to relax.
Visit Debra at: http://www.debrasotherthoughts.blogspot.com