“…if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is My disciple, truly I tell you, he will never lose his reward.”  Matthew 10:42 (BSB)

We live in a day of big gestures. Social media overflows with video shares of “over-the-top” marriage proposals, baby gender-reveal events or huge birthday surprises. These usually involve anything from fireworks, celebrity drop-ins, hired musicians or hundreds of balloons.

While it is fun to be part of a big moment, the most meaningful acts of kindness can be the small ones. 

Upon the sudden loss of my brother Andrew in November, my husband and I quickly grabbed flights and traveled to Oregon to be with my sister-in-law and my precious nieces and other family.

Though swimming in a haze of shock, fatigue and emotions, we were buoyed by the strength of Andrew’s home church. They handled every detail with Christian grace. 

After the funeral, the pastor and his wife quietly invited a number of us over to the parsonage for a dinner of Thanksgiving leftovers. Before leaving, they asked, “What coffee do you drink?”  

Knowing I was a non-coffee drinker in a region known as the coffee capital of the world, I thanked them but joked, “I’m too young to drink coffee; my only vice is Chai tea.”  

An hour later, we gathered at the parsonage with 25 friends and family, mostly from out of town. Just behind us came Andrew’s pastor and a couple of helpers, each precariously balancing multiple trays of various Starbucks coffees to distribute…and one Chai tea latte!

Even now, tears flood my eyes as I remember the comfort of receiving that cup on a day fraught with heartbreak.  I recall the funeral sermon was moving. I know many people sent beautiful floral arrangements.

But the most powerful demonstration of Christian love that day to me was that hot drink. It involved no spoken words, but loudly said, “We see your grief. We care about you.” It assured me that this church would care for my brother’s young family moving forward.

Your service for Christ may not require big gestures. God tells us repeatedly to help the needy and hurting. To do this is serving Christ Himself.

Proverbs 19:17 (BSB) says, “Kindness to the poor is a loan to the LORD, and He will repay the lender.”

And Matthew 25:40 (BSB) reminds us, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.”  

Look this week for that person who needs a proverbial cup of coffee (or tea), and give it in Jesus’ name. 

Meet…Margy Barber!

Margy serves on staff at Stuart Heights as Music Associate, where she is seen either at the piano or leading the children and youth in choral music. She operates her private piano studio in her home with over 30 students. Margy and her husband, David, have one daughter in high school, two adult daughters, one son-in-law and will joyfully welcome their first grandchild this March.