“Praise the Lord. Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great delight in his commands. Their children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed… Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous. Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice.” Psalm 112:1-2, 4-5
As I pulled into the parking lot I saw a white haired man dressed in a white polo and grey slacks talking with a young man who had on baggy, dirty clothes with long hair that appeared to not have been brushed in a very long time. I was curious as to what their conversation may be. Whatever it was they both were engaged and the elderly man appeared concerned. Shortly thereafter, they both walked into the grocery store together.
As I was returning to my car, I saw the young man with a bag of groceries in his arms. I wondered if the elderly man had asked the young man about his situation and how he could help. Perhaps, instead of just giving him money he bought the young man groceries. I thought of how this is a beautiful picture of God’s compassion for one of His lost children. The elderly man was generous by giving freely, yet conducted his affairs with justice by how he donated to the young man. Good will come by this goodwill: I am certain both were blessed.
Prayer: Thank You, Father, for this glimpse of Your grace. May our faith be bigger than our fears. Help us to see how to show goodwill to those around us. In Your loving Son’s name, Jesus. Amen