Tuesday, March 01, 2005

* White Bed Sheets *

Do not neglect to do good and to share
what you have, for such sacrifices are
.pleasing to God

~ Hebrews 13:16 - NRSV ~

When I was a young girl, I had a set
of white sheets that I adored. I
always washed myself clean before
sleeping on them. One day, a visitor
.came to our home and stayed the night
My mother requested that I leave my
bed for our visitor and share a bed
.with my sister

Our visitor was dirty. No, she could
not sleep on my white sheets! I
rushed to remove my precious sheets
from the bed, stretched the blanket
in place, and dashed out. I was
.relieved; my sheets were safe
.The poor woman went to sleep
She didn't even know the sheets
.were missing

Morning came. I rushed to my bedroom
to spread my sheets back on the bed
but overnight rats had made holes in
them. I wished that I had left them
on the bed; the woman sleeping there
.would have protected them from the rats

As I thought about that experience, I
realized that in many ways we refuse
.to share what God has entrusted to us
.By doing so, we hinder God's blessing
And we are left with white sheets full
.of holes

God, let us show love to all. In you
.Lord, not in our possessions, we trust


By Beatrice M. Vuhugwa-Eldoret, Kenya _

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