Spiritual Practice

More Blessed

Adrian Agachi

Nothing was beautiful about the man. His coat was old, his shoes were unpolished, his beard was scraggly—his whole appearance was rather disturbing. The effects of famine showed on his face, but his eyes glistened like beautiful rays of light. Though he seemed unwashed, he did not smell. Instead, a sweet fragrance came from his body.

In all this I have given you an example that by such work we must support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Acts 20:35 (NRSV)

In the small, dark, dreary place at the end of a cold street, we sat together quietly. I offered to give him some money, and he accepted. But then he pulled me near. I struggled to get away, horrified that he might want to rob me. Instead, he wanted to give me his prayer book, a small copy that was falling to pieces. My eyes filled with tears as I walked away. On the first page of the prayer book were written the words of Acts 20:35: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”


THINK ABOUT IT: Who gave? Who received? Who was more blessed by the encounter?


—from devozine (September/October 2014). Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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