About Giving and Receiving

by Mary

After my children all had their own homes, I was alone in the old family home.

As I would sit down to my meal, I would ask God's blessing on it and also pray that God would provide for the hungry who had no food.

One day I was convicted and asked myself, "What are you doing about giving food to the hungry?"

Then I reasoned that the only fair thing would be that I would give as much each month as I spent on food for myself.

So at the end of each month when I added for groceries and other eats, I made out a check for exactly that amount and gave it to "Food For the Hungry."

Now, I couldn't afford that, but I could less afford not to have my prayers answered because of my selfishness. I never mentioned this deal to anyone — it was just between me and God.

The following were some of the immediate results:

My friends had always been generous in giving me, from time to time, gifts of food and other things, but now it began to increase. I was given eggs, frozen fruit, fish, meat.

At my Bible studies, I always served coffee and baked something to go with it, and sometimes one or another would bring a treat. But now they would bring something almost every time, so I scarcely ever had to bake.

I also received gifts of money.

Les G. did some very needed electrical work for me — all gratis. He put in two new bedroom ceilings with free labor.

A prescription at the drug store was paid for me as a gift.

The chiropractor game me a 25% discount on my bill.

My medical insurance paid me more than I expected, and wrote they were happy to pay it to me!

The bill for help on my income tax was only a fraction of what I had expected to pay.

Last year the refund on my tax was $33, and this year over $120.

I had my snow tires removed, for which previously I had paid $2 a tire. This time he smiled and waved me on — no charge.

Then, to top it off, I received a round-trip ticket to my grandson's wedding in Longview, Washington.

Proverbs 19:17: "He that hath pity on the poor lendeth unto to the Lord, and that which he hath given will he pay him again."


Mary was Penrod's mother. He sends us her manuscripts when he has none of his own.

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