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Who are the “Soup Kitchen Angels”?

Who are the “Soup Kitchen Angels”?

by Melanie Fischer

The "soup kitchen angels": Scott Safety supply services Inc. - Fire division, out of Whitecourt AB)

The “soup kitchen angels”: Scott Safety supply services Inc. – Fire division, out of Whitecourt AB)

I was the volunteer manager-on-duty at the local soup kitchen that day. I had been noticing that the walls and floors of the building where we serve weekly meals were no longer as shiny as the faces of the grateful guests that we feed. Regular volunteers get stretched thin and it becomes a challenge to coordinate groups of people to accomplish tasks outside of the weekly routine.

The volunteers trickled out of the building after a fruitful day of feeding those in need. As one of our dedicated prayer warriors was walking out the door, I asked him to pray that God would take care of the neglected details that lie heavy on my heart.

I locked the door behind him, then stood in the empty dining hall. I examined the place from top to bottom. I took a deep breath and decided to do one step each week, starting with the dining area floor. I moved what furniture I could by myself, swept out the corners, then went to the utility room to fill up the mop pail. Through the sound of the running water I heard a muffled ring of the telephone.

A cheery “hello” echoed through the phone line. It was a gentleman from a local safety company. I had spoken with him a month or so prior about possibly bringing in some of his men to give us a hand. This chipper fellow then simply asked, “Do you need help with anything?”

“Like what?” I asked with a stunned voice.

He replied “cleaning, or whatever you need?”

With great curiosity, I asked “when?”

“Right now!” he stated “some of my guys and I are out front.”

In disbelief I bolted to the front door and sure enough, there he was with over a dozen eager fire and rescue workers standing on the front step.

I am sure that I heard the angels break out into song, belting out “Hallelujah”.

I was not sure if I should laugh or cry, but I decided to invite them in and put them to work.

Within one hour the entire inside of the building was polished, from furnace room to bathrooms; floors to front steps; cupboards to fridges. The entire place sparkled. When they were done, they departed with a promise to come back each serving day to do our cleaning.

I closed the door and locked it behind them. Once again, I stood in the empty dining hall examining the place from top to bottom. A lingering aroma of pine sol and aftershave filled the air and an abundance of the Lords glory and grace filled my heart.

I was reassured that day of Gods promise to hear, and answer our prayers, for the Lord says:

Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear  (Isaiah 65:24, NIV).

 

Prayer:

Oh Lord, how magnificent You are, how You never forget a single one of us. Thank You for the soup kitchens in our communities that not only feed the physical hungers, but the spiritual hunger also.. May You wrap Your arms around all the soup kitchens and bless all of those who reach out to serve in these ministries. In the precious name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Melanie Fischer

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Melanie is a writer and blogger. She has recently discovered that perhaps God has not created technology to punish us, but rather to propel His message into the world. She is passionate in sharing this newfound knowledge and equipping others to live their purpose. This has led her to recently start up the endeavor “Hungry for Purpose.” You can visit her blog and see what else she is up to on her website www.hungryforpurpose.com Melanie is a member of Inscribe Writers Fellowship.

A CIRCLE OF PROTECTION

A Circle of Protection

by Jan Cox

One winter I had visited my daughter – about one and one half hours south of our home. The day I left to return it was misty and raining. About a half hour into the drive I stopped for gas. I asked if the northern winding road was in good shape. They answered – yes.

I had a choice at that point to go a longer, straighter route but took the attendant’s word and chose the short, winding road.

About ten minutes north I noticed the road becoming crunchy as the temperature dropped. The rain turned to snain or sleet. I drove slowly.

I had been praying and continued to pray. As I crested a hill I saw a deep valley with the road turning to the left. I started down. Afraid that if I touched my brakes I would lose control I steered only; the road felt crunchy and unreliable.

All of a sudden my right tire hit a ledge of ice and I careened into the oncoming lane. No one, thankfully, was there. But there I drove. I don’t know what happened next but somehow the car made it back into the right lane and I continued down the hill safely.

I know that day that God took the wheel.

Today I read Psalm 34:6-7 in The Message:

“When I was desperate, I called out,
and God got me out of a tight spot.

God’s angel sets up a circle
of protection around us while we pray.”

That is what I think happened. As I prayed, a circle of protection was set up by an angel and protected my vehicle and me. When I went into the other lane – the angel put me back on the right side. Thank You, Lord.

If you have never prayed may I suggest that you read some of these posts.

A Time with God

Walking and Keeping Company

The Sound of God’s Peace

Prayer is a conversation with God. Try it – talk to Him.

Prayer:

Thank You so much, Father, for loving us, for guiding us and for protecting us. Keep me close to You at all times. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

My Gratitude List for this week – I am counting to 2000. I am at 1167.

  • great to see my sister for lunch
  • walk with 2 dogs and a new baby
  • baby burps
  • baby in tub – loves it
  • playing old maid and go fish with granddaughter
  • playing foosball and air hockey with granddaughter – giggles galore
  • granddaughter saying grace – awesome
  • baby grandson lying beside me while Mom and Dad catch up on some sleep
  • the most gorgeous spring in Ontario that I can remember – high of 26 degrees in March
  • great sleeps for me
  • meeting new believers online
  • answered prayer when new mommy got “some” sleep last night
  • encouraging friends
  • The Message
  • reading Anna Karina by Tolstoy
  • loving, caring husband
  • sweet, caring, helpful son-in-law
  • throwing a football with son and son-in-law
  • game of “curling” with granddaughter
  • 2 missing front teeth of grandson
  • first pics with cousins and new baby
  • sitting outside on St. Patrick’s day in Ontario
  • sitting on a porch outside in March in Ontario
  • praying for our Arizona church
  • coos from new grandson
  • sweet sleeping baby boy
  • tulips peeking up

  • dogs sitting outside under the tree

  • strength when we are tired

Jan Cox

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan is working on a couple children’s books in which she is also the watercolour illustrator.