How does God's love abide in anyone who has the world's goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? (1 John 3:17 NRSV)
Back in the late 40s, just after the close of World War II, Jimmy Durante got a call from Ed Sullivan. Sullivan asked Durante to go with him to a hospital to entertain wounded and disabled veterans. Durante tried to beg off since he had a couple of radio shows to do. Sullivan promised that he could get back in time. Finally, Durante agreed.

The two drove out to the hospital the following Sunday, and Durante did his number. The audience was ecstatic and shouted, pleaded for more. What happened then surprised even Ed Sullivan who was watching from the wings. He was well aware that Durante had to leave immediately for the city if he was to make his radio date. Hearing the applause, Durante grabbed the mike and proceeded to do two more complete routines! When Durante finally left, to a standing ovation from the vets, Sullivan said to him. "Jimmy, you were just great. But now you'll probably be late for your radio show, maybe even miss it."

Durante said, "Look at the front row and you'll see why I forgot all about those dates." Ed Sullivan stuck his head through the curtain and spotted two soldiers in the center of the front row. Each had lost an arm and they were applauding by clapping their two remaining hands together.

We live in a society where there is little cooperation. The church is in continual need of those who are willing to expend a little extra effort, a little extra time, a little extra money, to further its mission.

Dear God, help me to be more cooperative in building your kingdom. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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