Jesus’ gloves

purple-gloves

I love my purple gloves. I picked them out myself as a Christmas gift to me in 2013.

They’re mittens and gloves at the same time, keeping me warm yet freeing my fingers for use.

That’s why what Andrew did Wednesday night made me feel good.

And made me squirm uncomfortably.

One of the men coming through Manna House looking for food and clothes on Wednesday night needed gloves. A lot of people needed gloves. And blankets. And heavy coats. It was going to be an unusually low 8 degrees that night, bitterly cold for Alabama, and especially if your only mode of transportation (and maybe your living quarters, too) was outside.

After telling this man that we had no more gloves to give away, the man joked with Andrew, my fellow volunteer (he and I both gloved; it’s cold even inside Manna House), saying, “Yes, you have gloves. You’re wearing mine right now.”

I looked at Andrew. He was wearing nice black leather gloves. We all laughed about it. “Sure,” Andrew said, “I’m wearing your gloves and I’ll be driving home later in your car.”

We laughed again, although a tad awkwardly now, because the man had already mentioned he walks to work each day and needs gloves to keep his hands warm.

The strangest thing happened next.

I turned my back for a moment on the conversation to attend to something else. When I returned, I saw the man walking away with nice gloves on. Nice black leather gloves.

I looked at Andrew. I saw his hands. His bare white hands.

He had given away his own gloves.

What?

Andrew blew it off as no big deal.

But it was a big deal.

I’d just seen Jesus.

I drove away with purple gloves on my hands and with a question inside my heart.

Thankfully few women asked for gloves that night. . . .

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45 thoughts on “Jesus’ gloves

  1. ~ linda

    Yes, Andrew and Jesus were one in the moment. Oh, that we would each and all be willing and able to give our “leather gloves” or new jacket or woolen cap or … to those in need. Many more moments that Jesus would not have to answer our question of when did we see Him. There are times when I question what I should have done but don’t know and may never know. But often God gives me another opportunity to give my gloves away. I do not want to miss the moment twice or three times or always.
    Thanks for coming by today and glad you are linked at A Field of Flowers.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda
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    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I question myself often too, but you’re right that God often gives us many more opportunities to do differently the next time. I’m so thankful for grace that covers us in ALL the times. You’re wise, Linda. Thanks for sharing.
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    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Such giving is what you were pointing toward in your post, Joanne. Interesting how God works out things like that. He knows how badly I want to hold on to my purple gloves. ha. But may I be willing to release whatever he may ask of me….
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    1. LisaNotes Post author

      May God answer our prayers. We have had so many extra days in a row of very cold weather here. It’s hard to imagine how people get through it, but it is lovely to see how other people respond to help. Thank you, Jean.
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  2. Heather

    I absolutely LOVE those moments. I pray for those moments. Interestinly enough, the post I just shared several days ago – the one I shared through the SDG community this week- has a story about giving gloves and a hat to a man in need. God is working everywhere. Amen.

    Thank you, Lisa for sharing!
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  3. Beth

    I think my favorite thing about this post, Lisa, is a reply you made in the comments… “The more I watch other people, the more I can see Jesus.” I’m pretty sure that’s an indication you are hanging out with some beautiful people. Thank you for sharing at Small Wonder.
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  4. Beth Werner Lee

    Oh, dear. And did he give away the car too?
    I was asking God once about how I could possibly give away things I really loved and he said, “You love the people more.” Then it’s an honor to give the loved thing to the beloved person.

  5. Abby

    Thank you Lisa for sharing this, it was beautiful. It reminds me of a story my husband tells of his grandmother. She saved and saved for a new winter coat. A missionary came to church and didn’t have one. His grandmother gave her the coat she had on. Yes, we all need to show Jesus to others through selfless acts.
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    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Ooh, that’s a toughie. But what a beautiful response by your husband’s grandmother. It makes me think of Jesus telling about the widow who gave away two mites. I’m glad stories like this continue to be passed down!
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    1. LisaNotes Post author

      That definitely troubles me too, Elizabeth. Makes me not want to wear my favorite gloves next time I go to Manna House. 🙁 But maybe that means I need to? I don’t think God intentionally tries to take away things we love, but he does give us opportunities to not love them more than we love each other….
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  6. Lyli @ 3-D Lessons for Life

    Bruce and I used to help out with the clothing drive once a month at the Refuge — our church’s homeless ministry. Every month, there was one volunteer who would always end up giving away his tennis shoes. He left every month in his socks. Such a great guy!

  7. Michele Morin

    Thinking about my favorite red mittens with the furry cuffs . . .
    Thanks for your honest words today about giving from the heart. I’ve “seen your face” at various link ups, so I’m glad I dropped in today via Thought Provoking Thursday.
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