Guest Blog by the Archbishop of York
Posted on September 23rd, 2013 at 11:30AM
In the Old Testament there is a story about a prophet called Elijah. One day he is on the run from the King in a land wracked by drought. He goes to a widow in the small village of Zarephath and asks her if she will let him have a little to eat and drink. The widow responds that she only has enough oil and flour to make one last meal for her and her son and then she will have nothing. Yet she is willing to share this last little morsel with the stranger in need who has turned up on her doorstep.
As she takes the risk of sharing the little that she has, God miraculously intervenes so that her oil and flour keep replenishing and never run out.
She could not have expected her risky act of kindness to have such amazing consequences for her small family. Likewise we can never tell how our little acts of kindness might have lasting consequences. We are just called to take the risk…