He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. (Ephesians 2:15-16 NRSV)

Garbage truck driver Craig Randall sometimes brings his work home with him. There was that old-fashioned sewing machine he salvaged. There were some books he lifted from the trash. And then there was that Wendy's soft-drink cup that just happened to be worth $200,000. Neither Randall nor his fiancee believed it until Randall drove his garbage truck to a Wendy's restaurant and picked up his check.

"I will probably still tell him not to bring stuff home from the trash," said his fiancee, Michelle Dacey, 25.

Randall, 23, said he lifted the cup off a pile of trash--he can't remember what day, exactly--while on his route in the Boston suburb of Dedham for Waste Management Inc. After all, he had peeled another contest sticker from another cup earlier. He won a prize with that one, too. "I won a chicken sandwich the week before, and I figured, hey, I'd get some fries to go with it," he said.

This time, however, the ticket said: "Congratulations. You have won $200,000 toward a new home."

A treasure lifted from the garbage heap. An appropriate story for this day of Holy Week. After all, it was from a garbage heap of humanity that our salvation was lifted by Jesus Christ.

God of hope, thank you for not leaving me in the garbage. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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