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Our Father Connects (#OurFatherDevotional)
by Ronne Rock
Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2018
This year, we're sharing ways in which our God is truly Father to the fatherless in our special #OurFather devotional series. This month, Ronne Rock tells the story of seeing Jesus in those around us.

 Matthew 25:37-40 - “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?  When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me.’”


“I see Jesus in every human being. I say to myself, this is hungry Jesus, I must feed him. This is sick Jesus. This one has leprosy or gangrene; I must wash him and tend to him. I serve because I love Jesus.” Mother Teresa



They’re not much to look at, really. Three pieces of metal, a stick, a gallon jug that once held bleach, and some rope would more likely be destined for a landfill than a place of honor in most neighborhoods where you and I live. But for Dulce and her family, those pieces and parts are a miracle in the making. She first saw the miracle behind a small, brightly colored cinder block building down the road from the corrugated metal shanty she and her family call home. The teachers at NiCo (Niños en Comunidad) said the miracle had a name – Tippy Tap. Those teachers taught her how to use her foot to make water stream from a small hole in the jug. She then got to make bubbles on her hands with soap that hung like a necklace from rope near the jug. “Press down on the stick again,” they encouraged. “The soap will disappear, and your hands will be clean!”

Dulce has used the Tippy Tap every afternoon at NiCo, the after-school program that provides her and her friends with help on homework, lessons about Jesus, and food that has made them grow strong and healthy. And now, her family is receiving one of the first Tippy Taps in her community. She beams as new friends from the United States labor in the sun to dig holes for the frame, and her uncle teaches them how to mix dirt and water and cement from a bag. “Use your shovel to stir it all, letting no water escape,” he says. “Make it smooth to fill the holes. And then leave the rest on the ground to make a place that will not be washed away by rain.” The family watches in awe as the jug is then attached to the frame, a small stick connected by rope becoming a pedal that allows the water to stream out and wash hands.


Dulce knows how many hands can be washed with just one gallon of precious water – 40. She knows that clean hands help keep sickness away. And as she teaches her little sister how to press the pedal and make the bubbles, Dulce’s dad smiles. The Tippy Tap is a miracle to him. So is NiCo. Because of the kindness of others, his family has discovered hope, and they have fallen in love with Jesus.

Story after story is shared in the Gospels of the type of miracles Jesus loved. He could have commanded those miracles, but He seemed to delight in crafting them from things we might take for granted. He took water and transformed it into the best wine for toasts at a wedding (John 2:1-11). He used dirt and spit to heal a blind man (Mark 8:22-26). With one kid’s lunch, he made a feast for hundreds (John 6:1-15). With words of encouragement, He restored health to a woman who had been bleeding for more than a decade (Luke 8:43-48). With a breakfast of fish and biscuits, he healed the shattered heart of Peter (John 21).

Jesus used His humanity to demonstrate the miraculous power of His divinity. And then, He said, “I’ve set the example. Miracles await when you care for the hurting, the discarded, the helpless, the broken-hearted. The Father’s divine love is revealed through your humanity. I’m right there, in the midst of the least and the lost. Don’t be afraid. Don’t turn away.”


Discussion Questions:

  1. Where have you seen Jesus this week?
  2. Who are “the least of these” where you are right now?
  3. What miraculous moments have you taken for granted this week?

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