Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 27, 2014

Thankful for the Change and the Crumbs this Thanksgiving Day

Today’s devotion comes from Deuteronomy 24:17-22.  Here is a link to this Scripture –

I quote only the following verses.

“19 “When you reap your harvest in your field and have forgotten a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it;  it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow, in order that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.  20 When you beat your olive tree, you shall not go over the boughs again;  it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow.

21 “When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not go over it again;  it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow.”    Deuteronomy 24:17-22.


God has given us richly and abundantly so many blessings.  We don’t need to be hoarders.

When we are gathering in all the abundance, we can leave change and crumbs for others as today’s Scripture reminds us.

Verses 19 to 21 remind me that I am on the right track when I do not keep my change.  Although it kind of annoys me when I make a purchase and the total comes a little over the dollar amount and I am given a pocket full of change, my wife and kids are thankful for the change, because they know that they can “raid” the change in my top drawer.

“And a Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David;  my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.”  But He did not answer her a word.  And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, “Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us.”  But He answered and said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”  But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”  And He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”  But she said, “Yes, Lord;  but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”  Then Jesus said to her, “O woman, your faith is great;  it shall be done for you as you wish.”  And her daughter was healed at once.”  Matthew 15:22-28.

Many of my readers are so blessed spiritually.  They also have their own family, their own close friends, and their own congregation for whom they are the primary providers.  And yet, they take time to shoot me an email or pick up the phone to give me an encouraging word.  I am thankful for these crumbs.

“He who is generous will be blessed,
For he gives some of his food to the poor.”  Proverbs 22:9.


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