CULLMAN, Ala. – The book of Matthew is often cited from the pulpit on Sunday mornings, reminding followers of God to care for one another and not turn a blind eye to those in need around us.
Matthew 25: 40-45 reads:
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry, and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty, and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger, and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.”
How many of us put those into action in big ways or even in small acts of kindness? Just a few weeks ago, a stranger showed, by her actions and not just her words, that she took the lesson to heart.
Recently, Zackery Moore of Cullman was walking home for lunch from his workplace in town. On his way, a woman whom Moore had never met stopped him and asked if she could pray with him. Moore replied, “Sure. I could always use prayers.”
After their prayer the two strangers talked for a moment and Moore walked home for lunch. On his return walk to work, the woman stopped him again. This time she told him that God told her to give Moore a car. Moore graciously thanked her for the consideration but thought little of it. The two strangers hadn’t exchanged contact information and it seemed a little unbelievable.
Fast forward to several days ago when Moore was walking home after work a little later than usual. A stray cat met Moore along his path, and they became friends. Moore went home and walked back to feed the stray cat, taking care of God’s creatures, great and small. It was then that Moore encountered his prayer partner again.
What happened next had Moore at a loss for words. The praying stranger made good on her promise. She gave him a car with no strings attached.
Moore said, “It feels kind of unreal. I hadn’t even mentioned I didn’t own a car the first time we met. It’s been a wonderful blessing and I’ve been thanking God every day for it.”
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