I know it is Thursday and as we move toward the twentieth commemoration of 9-11, I thought it might be more appropriate to switch days.  Here you go. A mother received a phone call from her baby sitter telling her that her daughter had become sicker.  So the mother immediately rushed to get her daughter some medicine. Because she was in a hurry, she shut the car door and then realized she had just locked her keys in the car.  It is a feeling we all know.  Well, as you can imagine, her stress level increased significantly as she headed into the drug store to pick up the prescription. When she returned to the car she looked around and found an old rusty coat hanger perhaps thrown down by someone who had been in the same situation she found herself in. She looked at the hanger and said, “I don’t know how to use this.”  She bowed her head and asked God to send her some help.  Within just a few moments and old beat-up car drove up, driven by a dirty, greasy man wearing a bandana on his head. The women thought, “God, this is who you sent to help me?”  But because she was so desperate, she was thankful someone was there to help her.  The man got out of his car asked her if he could be of help.  She of course said yes and explained that her daughter was sick and she had locked her keys in the car because she was so focused on getting her daughter’s prescription.  “Can you unlock my car door with this old hanger?”  The man walked over to car and in less than a minute he had the door opened. The woman was so excited and relieved. She hugged the man and through her tears said, “Thank you so much.  You are a nice man.” The man replied, “Lady, I am not really a nice man.  I just got out of prison today.  I was in there for car theft.” The woman hugged the man again and with sobbing tears cried out loud, “Thank you God, for sending me a professional.”

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 3:3-4
“Do not adorn yourselves outwardly by braiding your hair, and by wearing gold ornaments or fine clothing; rather, let your adornment be the inner self with the lasting beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in God’s sight.”

Reflection Questions:
What do people see in you?
How does judging others impact your spirit?
What does a gentle and quiet spirit mean to you?

Prayer: Holy God, create in me a gentle and quiet spirit and let me see others as precious in your sight.  Amen.