«Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked, that you cover him,and not hide yourself from your own flesh?»(Isaiah 58:7)
The neighbor, whose son had not eaten anything all day, cried out desperately: «Emma! Emma! Can you please give us just a little bit?On another occasion, Emma and her husband hid two enemy soldiers in a crack of a mountain which was near their house. It was a place where they built barrels and used as a garage and winery. These young men reminded them of their own sons who were had also gone to war! Risking their own lives, they later took them to the border, disguised as their daughters, and prayed to God that they would not to die in the attempt.
It was a time of war and food was scarce in the little village of Zemun, located a few kilometers away from Belgrade, the capital city of former Yugoslavia. With the last bit of flour left, Emma baked a small loaf of bread that was barely enough for her own children. But there was her neighbor who had smelled the delicious aroma, and Emma could not resist giving her some of it. She gave her a piece of the precious food and then she took the rest to her daughters. In a few seconds, the bread had disappeared. Emma prayed to God that they would be able to sleep peacefully and not wake up at night crying of hunger
Have you ever thought of helping someone when a voice whispers in your ear, telling you that you can help that person after you get out of this or that trouble? What are you waiting for? Are you going to help others after you get out of debt? When you finish a project? When you have a better salary? Faced with these touching experiences lived by my maternal grandparents (L), I feel ashamed for ever entertaining such thoughts.
Additionally, Isaiah 58 offers a new opportunity for those who, ashamed of themselves, place themselves in God’s hands. «If you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness shall be as the noonday. The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail» (vv. 10, 11).
Take a look at how God has supported you throughout the years. One way of thanking Him is by sharing what you have with those who are in a worse situation than you. «Then your light shall break forth like the morning… and the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard» (v. 8).