And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Twelve dollars and seventy cents. I pondered at the postage. Airmail? As a college freshman at the University of North Carolina, I seldom received mail, and far less often got a package. I couldn't imagine who spent what I considered so much money to airmail me a package from my hometown. This had to be something important and time sensitive.
I was even more surprised when I opened the package and discovered cookies. Homemade. Chocolate chip. Cookies. There was a note from my best friend's mother, a woman of modest means, a quiet voice, a fashion that reminded me of Little House on the Prairie, several daughters and one son.
Hours in her living room, garage, and especially her kitchen with her boy, had made me family, but her hours listening, feeding, and sharing her vinyl record collection with me had made me a son.
As I read her note, she wrote that she had baked cookies and wanted them to arrive fresh, so she had sprung for rush delivery. Someone cared for me enough to send me love... freshly baked. Many people sent me mail and encouragement in college, including my own parents and church, but those airmail cookies were the most memorable.
I spent many hours in that family's kitchen around their table and cooking meals. Those cookies said that I was missed in that place and I could always come back. I think that ever since that moment at my mailbox in my freshman dorm, I have believed love is to be missed when we are gone and to know someone hopes you will always come back. And that freshly baked cookies are magical.
I hope each of you will look for ways to make our recently graduated, and graduating, young people feel missed, loved, welcomed home, and encouraged to make their home in new places where their hearts and faith are nurtured.
Prayer for Today
Lord, help me to look for the people I can love in small ways to make them feel appreciated, missed, encouraged... to feel like family. Amen.