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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.

DID YOU PRAY?

Did You Pray?

by Janis Cox

And the people prayed.

Storms gripped the eastern parts of North America. Eighty million people were affected. New York City – closed down – schools, offices, subways, stock exchange. Unprecedented.

West Coast hit with earthquakes and aftershocks.

What did people do?

Pray!

Prayers of Protection

Lessening of the Storm

Preparation for Helpers

Hearts of Caring

God listened and He answered:

The storm was downgraded from a hurricane status.

“Hurricane Sandy was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone late Monday.”

Governments were prepared. President Obama was praised by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

“President Barack Obama won glowing praise for his “wonderful” handling of superstorm Sandy Tuesday from a fierce foe who backs Mitt Romney, as political reverberations of the storm began to be felt.”

Measures were taken in advance of the storm. Schools closed. Subways closed. And a good thing because those subways were flooded and won’t open for a few more days.

Loss of life was minimal when you consider the spread and ferocity of the storm. There are estimates of 50-80 killed in the US, one in Canada [at the time of writing this post.]

God tell us in His Word to cry out to Him.

“The urgent request of a righteous person is powerful in its effect” (James 5:16 NIV)

We had more traffic on Tuesday to this blog than ever before. People are searching for answers.

God is the answer.

People prayed.

God listened.

Now we can:

Continue to be thankful

Count the blessings (every one – tiny and big)

Mourn for those who died

Pray for families who lost loved ones

Continue to pray.

Let’s get a revival going. God wants us to talk to Him.

If you haven’t done so – START NOW

Continuing to Count my Blessings – every little one

          • I was led to find a new Bible study group – Bible Babes 
          • energy
          • sunshine
          • smiles of cashiers
          • finding a lap board for my studying
          • learning to wait three times in checkout lines 
          • meeting a new Canadian neighbour
          • Beth Moore Study – James 5:13-16 PRAY
          • a long chat with a friend – prayed together
          • reading so many good books at once

 

So Many Wonderful Books!!

          • a middle of the night encounter with God
          • being able to be here in this gorgeous weather
          • praying for God to be “in the storm”  – Hurricane Sandy
          • praying for protection of lives
          • seeing the herons around the lake

 

Heron at the Lake

          • another evening walk without a sweater
          • seeing miracles in the lives of friends
          • my books arrived

 

Books arrived!!!

          • Beth Moore quote: “A pair of hands clasped in earnest prayer is the best means we have this side of Heaven to hang onto Jesus for dear life.”
          • seeing God working through the storms and earthquakes

Janis Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Janis, 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. Jan has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the watercolour illustrator. Word Alive has published Tadeo Turtle. See more information at Jan’s Website.

HOW PRECIOUS ARE HIS THOUGHTS

How Precious are His thoughts

by Shannon Leibold (reprinted with permission How Precious are His thoughts)

I wake at 4:19 a.m.

The world is dark and sleeping outside my window.

Knowing it’s simply one of those times I won’t be able to fall asleep again, my thoughts turn to Him.

I talk to Him silently while the clock creeps towards morning.

I wonder…

Does the God of the universe – Maker of heaven and earth – listen to the thought-prayers of one tiny person in one tiny house in one tiny town on one tiny planet in the midst of one of millions of known galaxies in the middle of the night?

“You understand my thoughts from afar… Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O Lord, You know it all” Psalm 139:1c,4 (NASB).

Then the wonder of it all nearly overwhelms me. He IS listening.

My thoughts are silenced in awe.

He reminds me then of where it says in Scripture that His Spirit within me knows the thoughts of God.

“For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us” 1 Corinthians 2:11-12 (NIV).

The wonder that He knows my thoughts is almost more than I can fathom!

But that I can know His? Unbelievable!

“Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain” Psalm 139:6 (NIV).

The clock reads 4:47 a.m. and I wonder what exactly His thoughts are towards me.

“How precious are your thoughts about me, O God! They are innumerable! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up in the morning, you are still with me” Psalm 139:17-18 (NLT).

I lay there in awe of the truth of the Word and how it teaches me even through the night.

“I will bless the LORD who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me” Psalm 16:7 (NLT).

Well before the alarm sounds I get up, anxious to see these words in print as I meet with Him. Anxious to ask Him what His thoughts are towards me.