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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “All that Glitters is Not Gold” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/24/08)
TITLE: Cherishing the Lord in Her Heart
By Donna New
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Camilia, tan and with black hair, of Mexican background comes into church. She’s bending to speak quietly, saying “hi” to each person. Her way is gentle and sweet. She’s young for a widow at 35 years and in clean but well-worn clothes.
Her husband, Pedro had been killed by a stray bullet from a drug deal gone bad. He was a good, staunch but loving, laughing father. He loved his Camilia. He used to call her “Sweetness”. How she missed the sound of his affection when he said her name.
No one really understands the week she’s been through. Her landlord collected the rent. So he’s set for a month. She barely had $10 left to cover the groceries…bread, milk and eggs. So all she has left for the Lord this week is $5.
As she prayed through her week though, she went back to her 8 year old son, Jaime, her little man of the house, when he was kept safe as he ran out to retrieve a toy from the street. How she fussed at her baby when he did that! Like a wet hen, she was angry from her intense love. And her daughter just laughed with joy all week. What a blessing to hear laughter in the house again! Her daughter, Aida, was recovering from the grief. “Praise You, Lord. You are good. “ And she had made a friend of an elderly, godly lady named Luisa down the street…a wise, street smart woman who is giving such saintly advice. Just what she needs at such an empty, befuddling time is the stability of someone who has walked this path.
“Lord,” she whispers, “How could I not give you this small gift of $5? You’ve been so good to me this week. I wish I had more that would tell you of my grateful heart for all your blessings. Most of all, Lord, your tender care…” and her eyes poured forth in familiar tears. She put her small gift in the offering plate, as it came by, overflowing in tears and cherishing the precious moment.
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