Extract from our Weekly Bulletin
October 02, 2016
Ruth looked in her letterbox and there was only one letter.
She grabbed it and looked at it before opening it. She then looked at it more carefully. There were no stamps or marks of the postal service, only her name and address. She read the letter and it said the following:
“Dear Ruth, I will be in your neighbourhood on Saturday in the evening and I’ll visit you.” With love, Jesus.
Her hands were trembling while she placed the letter on the table. “Why does the Lord want to come and visit me? I’m no one special, I don’t have anything to offer Him.” Thinking about it, Ruth remembered the empty jars on the shelves of the kitchen! “Oh no! I don’t have anything to offer Him!… I’ll have to go out and buy something…. Well I’ll buy some bread and some other things, at least.”
She put her coat on and hurried out! After purchasing a loaf of bread, half a pound of turkey and a carton of milk, Ruth was left with only twelve cents until Monday. Nevertheless, she felt good on her way home, with her humble ingredients. “Excuse me ma’am, can you help us?” Ruth was so deep in thought, about the dinner, that she didn’t see two people that were standing in the corridor.
A man and a woman dressed with little more than rags. “Look ma’am, I don’t have a job, you know that my wife and I have been living out on the street and well, its cold and we’re hungry. If you can help us we would be very grateful to you.” Ruth looked at them carefully. She thought that they could have a job if they really wanted one. “I would like to help you out, but I myself am a poor woman… All I have are a few slices of bread, I have an important guest tonight and I was planning to serve Him that.”
“Yes ma’am I understand, thank you anyhow.” The man put his arm around the shoulders of the woman and they went to the exit.
As she saw them going out, Ruth felt a familiar beat in her heart. “Sir, wait!” The couple stopped and turned around as Ruth was running towards them and reaching up to them on the street. “Look why don’t you take this meal? I’ll come up with something to serve my guest.” She extended her arm with the bag of ingredients. “Thank you ma’am, thank you very much!” “Yes thank you!” said the woman and Ruth could see that she was shivering in the cold. “You know, I have another coat in the house, take this one.”
Ruth took off her coat and placed it onto the woman’s shoulders. And with a smile she turned around and returned to her house, without her coat and without anything to serve her guest. Ruth was shivering when she got to the door of her house, now she had nothing to offer the Lord.
She quickly looked for the key in her bag. While she was doing so, she noticed there was another letter in the letterbox. “That’s weird, the postman doesn’t come twice in one day!”
She took the letter and opened it. It read:
Dear Ruth, how good it was to see you again. Thank you for the delightful dinner and thank you also for the beautiful coat. With love, Jesus.
I encourage you to reflect on this tremendous teaching. I received it through an email and it found it to be a great message. That’s why I’m sharing it with you. I don’t think anything needs to be added since the message speaks for if itself.
God Bless You
Ps. Marisa Varjabedian