Don’t you love hearing stories of unexpected gifts and generosity where you least expect it? I do, and Kim, the supervisor at Ultimate School Agers, the daycare that rents space at Hope Fellowship, knows this and will often drop by the office to share a story or two with me.
She did that this past week and I wanted to share it with you.
Early on Tuesday morning (as the snow was falling) one of her young students came into the church in tears. When Kim asked her what was wrong, she said she was upset because her feet were cold. Kim looked down and realized that she had running shoes on instead of winter boots. When she asked where her winter boots were, the reply was “I don’t have any”. Kim asked to see her shoes, so that she could check the size and get some winter boots for the child. The reply to that was a tearful “but I don’t have any socks either”.
The staff of the daycare decided that this was something that couldn’t be ignored. One of them went off to Walmart in North Oshawa, picked out socks and winter boots and asked one of the cashiers there if they could possibly get a discount on the items, as money is tight. The cashier called over the manager of the store, who listened to the story of this young child who did not have proper clothes for the winter, considered what kind of discount the store could give, and then said “Just take them. I don’t want anything for it”. Imagine this young girl’s delight and relief that she could go to school with warm, dry feet.
Jesus said “Whatever you do for the least of these, you do to me.” I doubt the store manager thought he was putting warm boots and socks on Jesus’ feet (maybe he did, though). What a beautiful gift for Jesus.