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Topic: Christmas Cooking/Baking (not recipes) (10/16/08)
- TITLE: Billy's Lesson
By Connie Dixon
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“Mom, they’re having a bake sale at church and all of the money goes to poor people!” Billy attended a Christian School sponsored by their church and often the school and church activities overlapped. Can we do it Mom? Can we make some of your yummy brownies to get lots of money for the homeless? I really want to…………” “Billy, calm down, we can talk about this when your dad gets home.” Billy was just a little guy, but he had a big heart and everyone recognized in him a tender passion for the down and out.
There was this one elderly lady at church in particular that Billy was aware of. Her name was Mrs. Money, but her situation was exactly opposite her name. Mrs. Money was basically destitute. She barely scraped by, receiving only a small monthly pension from her deceased husbands retirement. She could barely keep food on her table or heat in her small single-wide trailer……but she knew Jesus. And she knew that He was all she needed. She never worried about her bleak circumstances because Jesus had always provided everything necessary and she knew He wasn’t about to let her down now.
When Jake’s red pick-up pulled into the drive-way, Billy’s passion was rekindled and he greeted his dad at the back door with the zeal of a pent-up puppy. “Dad, Dad…..they’re having a bake sale and I want to take some stuff to make money for poor people!” Jake’s attention was quickly drawn away from his son as he caught Mindy’s playful grin out of the corner of his eye. They were both proud of their son’s eagerness to help, and secretly ashamed that he was always the first to want to lend a hand. Jake knelt down to give Billy a big hug, letting him know how pleased he was with him. “Sounds like a great idea, Son. Now go get washed up so we can eat!”
That Sunday morning, right after Children’s Church, people gathered in the lobby and strolled from one table to the next, trying to choose the delicious morsels that would best suit their personal appetites. The shoppers could set their own price and generally made substantial donations to support this annual event.
Billy meandered around, checking out the sweet offerings in the fragrant foyer, but kept an eye on his mom’s baked goods to observe the lucky recipient of her double fudge brownies. With Mindy and Jake’s permission he had taken $20.00 out of his own piggy bank to make a personal purchase to ‘further assist in the cause.’ As he glanced over the tables, he noticed another observer casually scrutinizing the unfolding scene……Mrs. Money stood alone, tucked half-way back under the obscure stairwell, swallowed up by her shadowy surroundings. She studied a table which had initially been crammed full of holiday treats, but now held only one remaining plate….an undersized dish with a handful of frail bars that appeared……ordinary. As the congregants filed by, the modest offering went unnoticed. Large platters of sweet pastries were swept up hastily and some were purchased for charitable sums that would astound even the finest baker.
When Billy recognized what Mrs. Money had done and how people were walking right past her selfless offering, he wanted to cry. Instead, he intentionally walked right up to that plate and said rather loudly, “Here they are! These are my favorites!” He held the plate up to his nose - sniffing the innocuous aroma while marching right up to the cashier to forfeit his twenty dollar bill. After making his purchase, he headed to the door where he was to meet up with his mom and dad. On the way, he glanced over to acknowledge Mrs. Money………but instead he witnessed a magnificent being clothed in dazzling garments, radiating compassion and love through the kindest eyes that Billy had ever seen. A gentle voice spoke out: *'I tell you the truth, anything you did for even the least of my people here, you also did for me.' Billy never shared this experience with anyone, but he later introduced himself to Mrs. Money and he made sure she never spent another Christmas alone.
*Matt 25:40 NCV
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