Words of Hope Daily Devotional

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Today's Devotional: 
May 28, 2022

Food for the Body and Soul

Read: Matthew 25:31-46

Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me. (v. 40)

The first car arrived early and waited. By 5:00 p.m., the line of vehicles stretched beyond sight. They came because once again, Angela, a local attorney with a huge heart, had arranged for dinner.

“Hey! How are you guys doing? Three bags for the blue Buick!” she called out, turning around to the waiting volunteers. “Four for this one and the next car needs two!” So began the next 20 minutes as 150 to 200 meals on any given night were distributed, rapid fire, to displaced flood victims.

Twice a week for almost six months, she obtained restaurant donations for food, organized an ever-changing group of volunteers to assemble and distribute meals. Personally knowing the community was an advantage. More often than not, Angela knew the vehicle occupants and meal numbers without having to ask. Instead, she quickly inquired as to how they were doing and what other needs they had. She’d “look into it.” Just to know that someone cared was enough to fill their soul even as they were handed food for their bodies.

Was anyone ever turned away? No. Angela saw a desperate need in the midst of her flood-ravaged community and met it. No questions asked. She fed the hungry more than 5,000 meals. Scripture tells us that in this act, she also fed the Lord. Imagine his response. —Tammy DeRuyter

As you pray, ask God for opportunities to serve your neighbors and in doing so serve him too.

About the Author

Tammy DeRuyter is a former stockbroker turned student of theology and history. She holds master’s degrees in both from Fuller Theological Seminary and Central Michigan University. Married for more than 25 years to Michael, an ordained RCA pastor, they have three emerging, young adult children ages 20, 21, and 22—the youngest of whom was adopted at 11.

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