Time for wednesday prayer and thoughts of the day
Deuteronomy 10:21 says, “He is the One you praise: He is our God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.” Miracle power is a powerful reminder that God’s love is only a heartbeat away and that a blessing is around the corner. It’s important that we are conscious of God at work in our lives daily. Miracle power can be unleashed when we have faith and trust that miracles can really happen. If you’re ready for God to answer your prayer for the miraculous to be at work in your life, pray this prayer: Heavenly Father, I open my heart wide to receive the love of God. As I receive God’s love as universal supply, all my affairs are healed. I realize and accept the healing power of the Universe as love, and I allow the healing power that is love to penetrate my life. I readily accept the healing power of love in my life and I know that as love, God is my limitless and abundant supply made manifest. I feel the outpouring of God’s love in my body and mind. I feel God’s love in my affairs, and I know all is well. Amen.
Homeless woman's random act of kindness leaves mother shocked after chance encounter
If you've ever been the recipient of an act of kindness, perhaps you've felt the internal nudge to "pay it forward" out of gratitude.
One woman experienced a very clear show of that on Sept. 9 when she took her daughter to McDonald's.
Joanne Anderson, 42, is a hospice worker at St. John's and lives in Wirral, Northwest England. Her 6-year-old daughter, Emily, was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism, and the treatment she is on tends to affect her mood and often makes her upset.
Emily had a doctor's appointment that day, so the two stopped at a McDonald's in Birkenhead. While Emily waited at a table, Anderson went to place their order -- but observed someone in need.
As Anderson went up, she noticed a young woman who appeared to be in her 20s and seemed to be having trouble paying for her meal. According to the Liverpool Echo, Anderson later found out she was homeless.
She didn't have enough money at first for what she wanted to buy, so I gave her [50 pence, about 68 US cents]," Anderson told the Echo. "I had some change in my purse.
"She got to the counter, and as she was ordering, something must have happened and Emily came over and she was really upset.
"I think she was just upset that I was taking a long time. So she came over and she was crying."
The homeless woman saw Emily having a difficult time, and quickly handed the leftover change she'd had from her purchase.
"She gave it to Emily and she said to her, 'Aw don't be upset, here's some pennies for you to go and spend in the shop,' which was just -- I don't know how to put it," Anderson said.
"I was a bit overwhelmed by it, because it was obvious she didn't have anything because I'd already given her some money.
"And then for her to give her last four [pence] to my daughter because she was upset, it was lovely."
Some readers have rolled their eyes at this move being classified as an act of kindness, since Anderson had given her the money in the first place -- but it was nonetheless an act of generosity. Anderson had given her that money, no strings attached. The stranger could have kept it and no one would have questioned it.
It was only four pence, and only what she had been given, but it appeared to be everything the woman had at the moment. It may be a small amount, but relatively speaking, it was a grand gesture, not unlike the widow in the Bible who gave her two mites.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who alone does great wonders, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever;