Seeing Sarah

Sarah was looking under her mother’s elbow into an almost empty refrigerator.

“Mom, what are we having for dinner?” she asked.

“I haven’t decided yet, honey.  I need to walk down to the store and see what I can pick up.  Can you be a big girl and stay here while I walk to the store?”

“Can’t I go with you?  I want to go to the store.”  Sarah was thinking about the cookies in the little box at the entrance to the grocery store door.

“Not this time, sweetie.  I need to talk with someone there and you’ll just be bored.  So stay here and stay inside until I can get back.  I’ll hurry as fast as I can.”

Sarah had tears in her eyes, but she said “OK, mom.  I’ll be good.  But would you bring me back a cookie?”

Sarah’s mom also had tears in her eyes.  “I’ll see what I can find.  Be right back.”

SusanandKidsIt was a fifteen minute walk to the grocery store and Sarah’s mom was drenched in sweat by the time she got there.  She went to the customer service counter.  “Would you mind checking the balance on my EBT card [Food Stamps Debit Card]?”

The clerk scanned the card and glanced at Sarah’s mom.  She ran a tape from the register and handed it to her.  The mom’s shoulder’s drooped.  It was still a week before the food stamp card was refilled and there was only a $2.28 balance on the card.  How could she go home and tell Sarah that there would be nothing to eat?

The clerk asked “How’s your little girl.  She is such a sweetheart.  Is she with you today?”

“No, I left her at home.  I knew the card had run out and I didn’t want her to see this.  I don’t know what to do, but I’ve got to find some food for her tonight.”

“Wait here.  I’ll be right back.”  said the clerk.

The clerk came back a few minutes later with an envelope.  She handed it to the mother.  “A couple came in here this morning and said they had this strong feeling when they were praying this morning that someone was going to come in today and need some help.  They gave me this envelope and told me that I would know who to give it to.  I think you are the one.”

Sarah’s mom opened the envelope.  Inside was a note.  “God saw you today and knows your need.  When we were praying, God asked us to help you with some grocery money.  We don’t know who you are, but God does.  Someday soon you’ll have a chance to help someone else like God is helping you today.  We hope it will bless you to do so as much as it blesses us to help you today.”  There was also a grocery store credit card.  The folder it was in said $200.00.

She looked at the clerk, who was crying.  “Is this for real?” she asked.

“It is for real. A couple really did come in here and ask me to give this to someone who would be coming in with a real need.  I processed the card myself.”

When mom returned home Sarah was peeking out the window.  She jumped up and down when she saw the bags of groceries and her mother’s smiling face.  “Mom, how did you get these groceries?  I know it is the end of the month.  Did you go to the food pantry?”

“No, honey.  Someone was looking down from heaven and saw that sick looking piece of cabbage in the fridge and sent us some help.  Thank God for the people who helped us today.  Now, look what I brought you.”

Sarah’s eyes lit up when she saw a big chocolate chip cookie in her mother’s hand.

One out of four preschool age children face this problem once a month or so.  God sees Sarah.  Do you?  Are you listening to the voice of God who is asking for your help to feed hungry children today?

Matthew 25:35 – “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat.”

external links
UMCOR US Hunger
UMC Ministry With
ABC News Hunger at Home
Food Pantries in North Carolina

One comment
  1. I instantly started to cry after reading this story because it made me realize that I am not doing enough to help those in need. We think we are doing what we can but the truth is we all can do more:)
    Candy

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