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)
Judge Woodrow Seal, a U.S. District court judge, founded what is known as "The Society of St. Stephen." It has become a national program with the sole purpose of helping people in need.

One day a church invited Mr. Seal to come to their congregation to explain to them how they could begin a Society of St. Stephen in their church. So the Judge came. The plan was for the him to speak on the various ministries the Society engaged in and then there would be some time for discussion.

While the people took their seats the minister began to introduce Judge Seal and the work of the Society. The Judge took some cookies and poured himself some coffee. When the introduction was completed, Judge Seal walked over to the piano, put his coffee cup on top of it, and began to fumble in his coat pockets. Finally, he pulled out a wrinkled piece of paper and from it he read the name of a mother and her four children, including their ages and their clothing sizes.

He noted several other needs this particular family had, and said the address was on the paper, and he laid it on top of the piano. The Judge then said, "If you want to start a Society of St. Stephen, then you should contact this woman by 11:30 tomorrow morning. If you are not able to help her, don't worry, I'll be in contact with her tomorrow, and get her help by mid-afternoon." With that, Judge Seal remarked, "Now, forgive me, but I really must be going. Thank you for inviting me and for the coffee and the cookies." Then he walked out the door. It all took less than 5 minutes.

Do something today to help one of God's children.

Loving God, thank you for all of the love and help you have given to me. Guide me today as I help one of your children. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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