We had been traveling all night by train, moving rapidly toward our destination. Suddenly things turned upside down. Our passenger train was hit head on by a freight train. It was a frightening experience. Wreckage was all around us, people were screaming in pain. The crew was doing all they could to provide comfort until help arrived.

But God was protecting us and we were uninjured. Fortunately we were able to help others in their distress and were doing all that we could. Shortly after the accident, we discovered a little girl who was crying and we reached out to help her. She was pleading for water. We had none, but a man came along with a container of water and offered to share it with her.

As he gave her a cup of water he said, “I’m sorry I’m not a doctor and cannot bandage your wounds. And I am sorry there is no medicine available to ease your pain. But I am thankful that I can give you some water.”
Jesus emphasized the importance of a cup of water. In fact, He said, “If anyone gives a cup of water in the name of the Messiah, that one will be rewarded!”

Our Lord did not ask us to do great things, just simple things. Jesus never left anyone with a need He could meet. When we see the needs of others, we must help them.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may our eyes and hearts be open to see the needs of those around us that we can meet by showing Your love. In Your Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Mark 9:40-41  Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.

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