by Sandy Kirby Quandt
When I was in the 7th grade, our homeroom staged an uprising of sorts. You see, our lunch period was the last of three. While there was plenty of food available in the cafeteria when we arrived, they were always out of what we wanted most. Powdered sugar covered jelly-filled doughnuts.
Now considering the world events at the time, running out of jelly doughnuts was far off the spectrum of importance. Nonetheless, several boys in our homeroom were determined to see this injustice righted.
It was after our Student Council representative gave her weekly report one day that the cry went up. “We want more jelly doughnuts!”
At first, it was rather humorous. To actually believe we lowly, bottom-of-the-rung 7th graders would have our complaints heard and addressed? Seriously? Because we wanted more jelly doughnuts? Really?
Meeting after meeting Gabby presented our request for more jelly doughnuts to the Student Council. And you know what? Eventually, we had more doughnuts.
It wasn’t that the cafeteria purchased more. It was that they took what they had and set aside one third for first lunch, one third for second, and one third for us.
Thinking about powdered sugar covered jelly-filled doughnuts got me thinking about a story in the Bible recorded in Matthew 15.
Jesus and his disciples were traveling in the Tyre and Sidon region when a Canaanite woman approached. She cried out to Jesus to have mercy on her, for her daughter was demon-possessed.
Christ’s rather startling response was he came only to the lost sheep of Israel, and it wasn’t right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their puppies.
The woman agreed, but added that even puppies eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.
Upon hearing that, Jesus commended the woman for her great faith, and granted her request.
Now back to the jelly-filled doughnuts …
At the beginning of that school year the cafeteria ladies placed all the doughnuts out before first lunch began. When the doughnuts were gone, they were gone. Leaving none for our third lunch group.
Gabby presented our requests to the Student Council powers that be to include us in the doughnut distribution. Her persistence and that of the boys in our homeroom who kept requesting, guaranteed we would share in the children’s bread.
Jesus came to seek and to save ALL who are lost. Not just the first ones to the table.
What are we doing to make sure everyone has enough jelly-filled donuts?
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He answered, “It is not right to take the children’s food and toss it to their pet dogs.” She said, “That is true, sir, but even the dogs eat the leftovers that fall from their master’s table.” Then Yeshua answered her, “Lady, you are a person of great trust. Let your desire be granted.” And her daughter was healed at that very moment. Matthew 15:26-28 (CJB)
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