Dear Ruth

Dilbert / Morning Story and Dilbert

Ruth went to her mail box and there was only one letter. She picked it up and looked at it before opening, but then she looked at the envelope again.

There was no stamp, no postmark, only her name and address. She read the letter:

Dear Ruth:

I`m going to be in your neighborhood Saturday afternoon and I’d like to stop by for a visit.

Love Always, Jesus

Her hands were shaking as she placed the letter on the table. “Why would the Lord want to visit me?

I’m nobody special. I don’t have anything to offer.”

With that thought, Ruth remembered her empty kitchen cabinets. “Oh my goodness, I really don’t have anything to offer. I’ll have to run down to the store and buy something for dinner.” She reached for her purse and counted out its contents. Five dollars and forty cents. “Well, I can get some bread and cold cuts, at least!”

She threw on her coat and hurried out the door.

A loaf of French bread, a half-pound of sliced turkey, and a carton of milk…leaving Ruth with grand total twelve cents to last her until Monday.

Nonetheless, she felt good as she headed home, her meager offerings tucked under her arm.

“Hey lady, can you help us, lady?”

Ruth had been so absorbed in her dinner plans, she hadn’t even noticed two figures huddled in the alleyway. A man and a woman, both of them dressed in little more than rags

“Look lady, I ain’t got a job, ya know, and my wife and I have been living out here on the street, and, well, now it’s getting cold and we’re getting kinda hungry and, well, if you could help us. Lady, we’d really appreciate it.”

Ruth looked at them both.

They were dirty, they smelled bad and frankly, she was certain that they could get some kind of work if they really wanted to.

“Sir, I’d like to help you, but I’m a poor woman myself. All I have is a few cold cuts and some bread, and I’m having an important guest for dinner tonight and I was planning on serving that to Him.”

“Yeah, well, okay lady, I understand. Thanks anyway.”

The man put his arm around the woman’s shoulders, turned and headed back into the alley.

As she watched them leave, Ruth felt a familiar twinge in her heart.

“Sir, wait!” The couple stopped and turned as she ran down the alley after them. “Look, why don’t you take this food. I’ll figure out something else to serve my guest.”

She handed the man her grocery bag.

“Thank you lady. Thank you very much!”

“Yes, thank you!” It was the man’s wife, and Ruth could see now that she was shivering. “You know, I’ve got another coat at home. Here, why don’t you take this one.” Ruth unbuttoned her jacket and slipped it over the woman’s shoulders. Then smiling, she turned and walked back to the street…without her coat and with nothing to serve her guest.

“Thank you lady! Thank you very much!”

Ruth was chilled by the time she reached her front door, and worried too. The Lord was coming to visit and she didn’t have anything to offer Him.

She fumbled through her purse for the door key. But as she did, she noticed another envelope in her mailbox.

“That’s odd. The mailman doesn’t usually come twice in one day.” She took the envelope out of the box and opened it.

Dear Ruth:

It was so good to see you again. Thank you for the lovely meal. And thank you, too, for the beautiful coat.

Love Always Jesus

The air was still cold, but even without her coat, Ruth no longer noticed.

-- Author Unknown
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17 comments
  1. So simple and yet we don’t always act out like this. Thank you for sharing this.

  2. Beautiful post, and I finally did it right . . . In the morning with a cup of tea! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks for starting my week off right. No coffee or tea, but a nice fresh fruit smoothie with my morning devotions.

  4. This is a beautiful story. I suspected the outcome, but I enjoyed the journey to the story’s end. Thanks to hugmamma for directing me to this site.

  5. Reblogged this on Random Goodness and commented:
    Jesus is just near us.
    He can be found inside someone’s heart. Could be the least you expected. So let us practice to be good with everyone. Especially to those who are in need.
    Small things are BIG things for God.

  6. MrTheKidd said:

    A very simple illustration of Jesus words – if you feed and clothe the poor, then you’ve done it to me, and yet we never do. Very challenging, thank you.

  7. Liz said:

    What a wake-up call. Thanks for stopping by and liking my site.

  8. WOW – interesting, gosh, God asks for simplicity and we complicate it so much. Thank you for the reminder!

  9. AAA Jack said:

    Dare to be different and see Jesus!

  10. I have lived most of my life hiding and being selfish. I don’t fault myself for this, due to my life experiences such as being abandoned and living in poverty most of my life. I know that you can never give anyone something that you do not have. When I do have anything I sometimes share it if I think the person is really in need, that is why I don’t have much and don’t miss it. I have found out the hard way that most that ask don’t really need and those that really need don’t ask. You have to look and find them and find the way to help without hurting their pride.

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