Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? – James 2:15-16, NIV
Katie’s favorite childhood memories involve Saturday mornings with her father. He would load her and her siblings up in the car and drive downtown to their favorite donut shop. He’d let each child pick a special donut.
Then he’d buy several dozen donuts and coffees. They’d take their hot food and begin passing them out to the homeless.
As a kid, Katie didn’t understand what her father was doing. So one morning, she asked him about it. “We’re showing people that God loves them and wants to provide for their needs,” her father explained.
When the call came that her father had passed away unexpectedly of a stroke, Katie flew home. “You should have seen the turnout for his funeral,” Katie laughs. “You’d have thought a president died! Everybody was there to celebrate my father and talk about his kindness.”
After the funeral, Katie gathered with her siblings. Together, they went to a soup kitchen and began serving the homeless hot meals. It’s how they chose to remember and honor their father.
God, let me leave a legacy of kindness. Show me how to shine Your love on those who need it most. In Jesus’ name, Amen.