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What goes around comes around- little acts of kindness included. Here is a touching story to open our eyes to see what is the missing link in the chain of love. Each one can do something to complete the circle of love...

He was driving home one evening, on a two-lane country road. Work, in this small midwestern community, was almost as slow as his beat-up Pontiac. Ever since the factory closed, he had been unemployed, and with winter raging on, the chill had finally hit home. It was a lonely road. It was starting to get dark and light snow flurries were coming down. He had better get a move on. You know, he almost didn't see the old lady, stranded on the side of the road. But even in the dim light of the day, he could see she needed help. So he pulled up in front of her Mercedes and got out. His Pontiac was still sputtering when he appraoched her. Even with the smile on his face, she was worried. No one had stopped to help for the last hour or so. Was he going to hurt her? he didn't look safe, he looked poor and hungry. He could see that she was frightened, standing out there in the cold. He knew how she felt. He said, "I'm here to help you ma'am. Why don't you wait in the car where it's warm. By the way, my name is Joe."

Well, all she had was a flat tyre, but for an old lady, this was bad enough. Joe crawled under the car and soon he was able to change the tyre. But he had to get dirty and his hands hurt. As he was tightening up the lug nuts, she rolled down her window and began to talk. After telling him where she came from and where she was going, she said, she couldn't thank him enough for coming to her aid. Joe just smiled and as he closed her trunk. She asked him how much she owed him. Any amount would have been alright with her. Joe never thought twice about the money. This was not a job to him. This was helping someone in need, and God knows there were plenty who had given him a hand in the past. He told her that if she really wanted to pay him back, the next time she saw someone who needed help, she could give that person the assistance that they needed. And Joe added "and think of me."

He waited until she started her car and drove off. It had been a cold and depressing day, but he felt good as he headed for home, disappearing into the twilight. A few miles down the road, the lady saw a small cafe. She went in to grab a bite to eat, and take the chill off before she made the last leg of her trip home. Her waitress came over and brought a clean towel to wipe her wet hair. She had a sweet smile. The lady noticed that the waitress was nearly eight months pregnant, but she never let the strain and aches change her attitude. The old lady wondered, how someone who had so little could be so giving to a stranger. Then she remembered Joe.

After the lady finished her meal, and waitress went to get her change from a $100 bill, the lady slipped right out the door. She was gone by the time the waitress came back. She wondered where the lady could be, then she noticed something written on a napkin. There were tears in her eyes when she read what the lady wrote. It said, "You don't owe me a thing. I've been there too. Someone once helped me out, the way I am helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here's what you do. Don't let the chain of love end with you."

After finishing her work for that day, when the waitress got home from work and climbed into bed, she was thinking about the money and what the lady had written. How could she have known how much she and her husband needed it? With the baby due next month, it was going to be hard. She knew how worried her husband was, and as he lay sleeping next to her, she gave him a soft kiss and whispered soft and low, "everything's gonna be alright Joe."

This moving piece, reaffirms faith in the fact that selflessness is the missing link in the chain of love. Sharing with those in need and with what you have and whenever you can. There are so many who are in need of some help and each one can reach out too. Here are some of the things you can share:

* the Love that you had experienced from God: the Lord Jesus said to His disciples, "Love one another, as I have loved you". What you have got, you need to share with those who don't have. Everybody is seeking for love and love alone can make one happy. The love that gives and sacrifices for the good of others.

* the Peace that the Lord has given you. "My peace I give unto you, not the peace that the world gives", (John 14:27) promised the Lord Jesus to those who come to Him. He has given us the message of peace and made us peacemakers.

* the fulness of His Joy: "These words I speak unto you that My joy might remain in you and that your joy may be complete." (John 15:11). As you experience the joy of the Lord, so you can share and pass on the joy to others.

* All that He taught you, pass on to others. "Whatever you have learned from me, commit them to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." (2 Tim. 2:20). As Apostle Paul generously shared with Timothy, his spiritual son and disciple, we need to transfer the knowledge and experience to others for the extension of God's kingdom.

* All that you recieved freely, give freely. The Lord has given to those who believe in Him, all things freely. And He wants us to share with others freely.

"Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion..." 2 cor. 9:10-11.

Be encouraged.

*************************Letter # 33 (01. 9. 2002)**************
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