Matthew 7:9-11 “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”

On the way home Mr. Elijah stopped at my house with his two small children.

They told their father they were hungry. I offered to get them something to eat, but the father said, “No, I want to give them food they like.”

He pulled a cloth out of his bag and unfolded it revealing a fried bean slab. He broke off pieces and fed them to the four-year-old daughter and two-year-old son.

Sons are important in many cultures and viewed more worthy than daughters. But when Mr. Elijah reached the last morsel, he broke it in half and divided it between his son and daughter.

No child in the poorest house in the village would go hungry if there was a father there. No matter how destitute the father was, his child would have something to eat. It might only fill the child’s stomach for a short time, but the father would give what he could to his son or daughter.

God gives good gifts to his children.












About celestecharlene

I served as a medical missionary in West Africa for thirty years treating the sick and establishing health clinics in rural neglected areas.
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