The joy of Giving and Helping Defines Our Christian Identity

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The joy of Giving and Helping Defines Our Christian Identity

The Barefoot Boy – short story

The joy of giving and helping the needy is our Christian identity. Giving from the heart is the path that leads us to the heart of God!

On a cold December day, a ten-year-old boy was standing in front of a shoe store on Broad Street, barefoot, staring at the window, shivering with cold feet. When a lady approached him and said, “My little friend, why are you looking at this window so eagerly?”

The boy replied, “I ask God to give me a pair of shoes.” The lady took it from his hand and entered the shoe store with him. She asked the seller to bring the boy six pairs of sherbet and then asked him if they could also bring a towel and a plate. A bath of water, said the salesman, of course, madam, and bring them to her at once.

The joy of Giving and Helping Defines Our Christian Identity
The joy of Giving and Helping Defines Our Christian Identity

The lady took the boy to the back of the shop, took off her gloves, bent down beside the boy, washed his feet, and dried them with the towel. By this time, the salesman had brought her sherbet.

And she dressed the boy in one of them and then bought him a pair of shoes, and then the lady bound the remaining six sherbets together and gave them to the boy. Then she patted him on the head tenderly and said to him, “There is no doubt that you feel more at ease now, my friend.”

When the lady turned to walk, the astonished little boy took hold of her hand and looked up at her face with tears in his eyes. (google auto-translate)

“By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.” (John 13:35) “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16).

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