I know that I have to move from speaking about Jesus to letting him speak within me, from thinking about Jesus to letting him think within me, from acting for and with Jesus to letting him act through me. I know the only way for me to see the world is to see it through his eyes. ~ Henri Nouwen
I thought of Nouwen when I received an unusual Christmas present yesterday. I was given chickens. They’re a gift to help me see the world through His eyes as I watch someone else let Him act through them. The chickens came in a card that said this: Greetings! A life-changing gift has been given in your name to benefit a child or family in need.
I live a very simple life, but I’ve been blessed with more than I need. The giver of the chickens has all that she needs, but certainly less than I have. The actual recipient of the chickens lives in a place where her most basic need for food and clothing and shelter aren’t met.
So this year, she’ll get chickens – soup for the soul. 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. Matthew 25:40
My only part in this gift was to share in the joy! My needs are abundantly met now, but that hasn’t always been the case. There was a time when I received my own Greeting. It said: Don’t be afraid; I bring you good news of a great joy … For to you is born this day in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ the Lord!
True soup for the impoverished soul.