What I Do Have!

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The request came in as an e-mail to our cancer ministry. The cancer survivor was an out-of-state resident with no personal connection to us. She must have googled cancer and our name popped up. She wanted support. We offer support. The only problem was that we don’t offer the type of support she was most interested in.

The person took the time to fill out our enrollment form. I admit that it was the most creative application I have seen to date. Her answers to varying questions revolved around money. Her specific prayer requests included a gift basket with gas and food gift cards from our church. Under favorite color, she replied “blue” tagged along with “quilt.”

I am a six year cancer survivor and a one year leader for a cancer ministry. Without fail, the top two prayer requests are for healing and for the family members that accompany the survivor on his/her cancer journey. Gift cards and pretty things fall much further down the list of prayer necessities. Nonetheless, I get it. Cancer is expensive even with good health insurance. People going through cancer oftentimes experience financial hardships.

I replied to the person’s e-mail and acknowledged her financial need. Sharing our mission statement, I explained that we are not able to financially support her. Rather, we “provide hope, encouragement and love through a community of support so no one battles cancer alone.” In my mind, I patted myself on the back. I took her request seriously and responded appropriately. With an extra dose of mercy, I decided to reach out to her with a personal phone call if I heard anything back via e-mail. All I needed was a brief response like, “Okay” or “Thanks.”

I didn’t hold my breath and I wasn’t surprised that my e-mail sent was the end of our interaction. Only it wasn’t the end of it. I should have filed away the paper application, but I couldn’t bring myself to do so. Her form sat on my desk for a over a week. God kept bringing this woman to mind. The more I tried to find closure, the more I thought about this woman and her situation. Specifically, God kept bringing me back to Acts 3 in the Bible.

One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer at three in the afternoon. Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” (Acts 3:1-6)

That’s when I knew that I didn’t do all that I was supposed to do. I had already said a prayer on the woman’s behalf. What was the next step? A clue was on her application. Under activities and interests, she mentioned something that tied in perfectly with a gift we send to those served through our ministry.

I called the volunteer who mails that particular gift and explained the situation, including the God nudges I felt. I had to smile at the volunteer’s confirmation. She replied that her mother had a saying, “It doesn’t matter what is in their heart. What matters is what is in your heart!” We sent the gift.

We expressed the love of Jesus Christ to a stranger. The name of Jesus was shared with someone who needed to hear His sweet name.  I don’t know the response or the result because we never heard from the person again. Nonetheless, I knew that I could finally file the application. We  had offered the very best of what we do have: the name of Jesus.

 

 

 

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10 thoughts on “What I Do Have!

    • As we know Debbie what we do for others we are doing for Jesus. I was thinking of the Scripture below and your faithfulness to care for others in need, so when will you be reimbursed, without doubt it will be in Heaven, our Treasure there that we have stored up from doing God’s good works , won’t be stolen, rust or be eaten by moths….

      Wow your rich Debbie!

      Matthew 25 : 31 -40 Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand; Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was an hungred and ye gave me meat, I was thirsty and ye gave me drink, I was a stranger and ye took me in. Naked, and ye clothed me, I was sick and ye visited me, I was in Prison and ye came unto me. Then shall the Righteous answer Him saying; Lord when saw we thee an hungred and fed thee? or thirsty and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger and took thee in? or naked and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick or in prison and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren ye have done it unto me.

      Matthew 6:19 -21 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal But lay up for yourselves Treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal For where your Treasure is, there will your heart be also.

      Christian Love and Blessings – Annie.

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      • Anne… How wonderful are the riches God gives us. We don’t have to guard our treasure from others. Rather, we discover that the treasures are multiplied when freely shared! May we desire the genuine treasures of heaven that God has already provided with our name on the gift tag!!! As always Anne, thank you for your comment that was made with much thought and backed by Scripture.

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      • Not sure what you mean Debbie, we will show that we are in Christ Jesus, if you read all of this Chapter you will see if we have God’s Love in our heart we won’t have to be made to help others it will come naturally, if we don’t show His Love in word and deed it means we haven’t got His Love in our heart, which is what the end of this Chapter is talking about.

        Blessings – Anne.

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        • Anne… according to the WP comments I see in my WordPress account, your comment was tagged onto Michele’s comment. I see that I responded to Michele, but forgot to respond to you. (I have since added Michele’s name to my comment about grace to avoid confusion with your comment and I will also respond to your comment!)

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    • Truth be told, the nudges felt more like pangs of guilt in the beginning. But sometimes that’s what God uses to get our attention! I am learning more and more how to recognize God’s nudges and to step out in faith and obedience! (Thanks for stopping by and commenting.)

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  1. Debbie,
    I hope someday you hear back from this woman. Whatever her intention in contacting Cancer Hope, may she be touched by love, compassion, and ultimately, by the Lord through the gift and your prayers for her.

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