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One of These!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

Matthew 25:37-40

"Then the righteous will answer Him, Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? When did we see You a stranger and invite You in, or needing clothes and clothe You? When did we see You sick or in prison and go to visit You? Then the King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least one of these brothers of mine, you did for Me'"

In thinking about the Scripture above, we need to stop and consider what Matthew means by the term, "the least one of these brothers of mine." It possibly could mean the prophets and ministers of God. But it just as likely applies to those who are confined to hospitals and nursing homes, in prisons, forgotten and alone at home—and any number of types of individuals.

In recent weeks in the U.S. we have come to know a remarkable woman who is running as for Vice-President. Sarah Palin and her husband have a son who is developmentally disabled.

The year was 1954 and I was stationed in the United States Air Force in Rapid City, South Dakota. While there, my wife, Joyce, and I assisted in starting a small church with just a handful of people. The pastor and his wife had three children, one of which was a developmentally disabled boy named Chuckie who could only speak with guttural tones and with great difficulty.

Chuckie needed lots of love. You could see the joy on his face when someone would give him a hug. He especially loved his dad. He was the happiest when he would slip past the one who was supposed to sit with him and go up on the platform and sit in a chair next to his dad.

I can still picture the scene of him sitting, or standing by his dad, with his song book upside down, pretending that he knew what the words meant, and making his singing sounds. His dad, Wes, would look down at him with a pleasant smile that seemed to say, "I love you and I am here for you."

It must have been in the summer of 1956 that we had a family camp in the Black Hills of South Dakota, at Camp Bob Marshall. It was at the closing service that the speaker invited people to come forward and receive prayer for healing.

Pastor Wes and Mary took Chuckie and knelt there along with many others. Soon it seemed that the entire congregation had focused their prayers on Chuckie. There was such a deep assurance that the Lord had heard and that soon this little boy would be healed.

Soon after that family camp I was discharged from the Air Force and returned to complete my college. We kept in touch with our friends in Rapid City and were stunned by the news that Chuckie had died.

Chuckie’s parents shared that during their time of grief they received a telegram from the speaker who had prayed so expectantly for Chuckie to be healed. In it he expressed praise and delight. He told the grieving parents that when they had prayed so earnestly for little Chuckie, they had no idea that God would heal him so perfectly! Wow!

Joyce and I were reminded of those words of assurance in 1991, when our own daughter, Brenda, died at age 35. God had given her the best healing of all, by taking her to be with Him. We know she will be waiting for us!

There are many people who may be classified as the "least of these." They need you and you need them! Accept them as God’s special gift to you.

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!

--- Pastor Cecil


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