by Kay D. Rizzo

October 17

Friendly Encounter

He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done. Proverbs 19:17, NIV.

When most people hear the name Jesse James, they think, Outlaw! Thief! Bandit! But like most people, the infa­mous raider of the 1800s was more complex than that.

The story is told about H. C. Wantland, a Methodist minis­ter traveling through his area of ministry (called a parish) in Missouri. The sun was setting on the horizon when Jesse James rode up beside his buggy.

“Hello there, Jesse,” the minister called.

“What are you doing out here?” the bandit asked.

“Collecting money for the poor,” the minister admitted.

“Got much on you?”

“About $600.”

Jesse started in surprise. “Six hundred dollars is a lot of money, Preacher!”

“Yes, it is, Jesse.”

The bandit frowned. “Don’t you know better than to carry that much cash on you? Someone is liable to rob you.”

“That’s true,” the minister admitted.

“You’re lucky I came along when I did. I’ll see you get home safely, Preacher.”

Even such a thief as Jesse James wasn’t all bad all the time. Only God can judge a person’s heart for good or evil.

“Popsicles, Black Holes & Burnt Toast” - Kay Rizzo


About "Popsicles, Black Holes and Burnt Toast"

So far today I've done all right. I haven't gossiped, havent lost my temper, havent been greedy, grumpy, or nasty. But in a few minutes, God, Im going to get out of bed, and from then on Im going to need more help. If your morning is anything like that, then start it out right with a revelation from Rizzo. She always has something new to say about God. It wont take long, but the smile in your heart will last the day. You'll encounter eggs that explode and missiles that dont. You'll meet Cha-Cha, the parrot that learned how to order the dog to bring in the cows, then take them back to pasture againover and over. And that's just the first two weeks! The rest of the book really is out of this world, with tales of triumph and tragedy, and stories terrestrial and extraterrestrial.
Kay Rizzo

Kay resides with her husband and business partner, Richard, in California's San Joaquin Valley. Her greatest riches include her hubby of 40+ years; her two daughters, two sons-in law, two grandsons and a cat named Pepsi.