The Gift of Cups of Water

The church I serve, St John Lutheran, just outside the city limits of Philadelphia, actively gathers mercy items to support the work at Shepherd of the City. Recently I was humbled to see how even the smallest expressions of care and support can mean a great deal. Back in the heat of summer, a church member brought two cases of bottled water to St John to pass along to Pastor Gale. I sometimes have a bad habit of being distracted when getting out on the road to visit Shepherd of the City and forget to bring along the donated items waiting for delivery at St. John. Such was the case with the bottles of water, and I only remembered the water a couple of weeks later. Even late, those two cases of water arrived at just the right time. The next time I visited, I learned that an immigrant family in the congregation of Shepherd, struggling to make ends meet, had had their water turned off. The tangible love of Christ was shown in something as simple as drinking water. In Matthew 10 our Lord says “…whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.” Sometimes that cup of water is passed on to another in need. The work of Philadelphia Lutheran Ministries depends upon team effort. Christ has equipped the saints of His church with various passions, talents, and resources to be used for His glory.