A story for this Friday.  A shopper at the local mall felt the need for a coffee break.  She bought herself a little bag of cookies and put them in her shopping bag.  She got in line for coffee, found a place to sit at one of the crowded tables, and then taking the lid off her coffee and taking out a magazine she began to sip her coffee and read.  Across the table from her a man sat reading a newspaper. After a minute or two she reached out and took a cookie.   As she did, the man seated across the table reached out and took one too.  This put her off, but she did not say anything.
A few moments later she took another cookie.  Once again the man did so too.  Now she was getting a bit upset, but still she did not say anything. After having a couple of sips of coffee she once again took another cookie.  So did the man.  She was really upset – especially since now only one cookie was left.  Apparently the man also realized that only one cookie was left.  Before she could say anything he took it, broke it in half, offered half to her, and proceeded to eat the other half himself.  Then he smiled at her and, putting the paper under his arm, rose and walked off.
She was hot.  Her coffee break ruined, already thinking ahead of how she would tell this offense to her family, she folded her magazine, opened her shopping bag, and there discovered her own unopened bag of cookies.

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:18-19
“so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power..”

Reflection Questions:
What does “eyes of an enlightened heart” mean to you?
Who has blessed your life today?
How will you be a blessing to someone else?

Prayer: Holy God, keep me aware of your gifts and remind me to notice your generosity.  Help me always to express thankfulness, especially for the people in my life who bless me. Amen.