“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world” (John 6:51).
Mrs. Bertha Adams was seventy-one years old when she died alone in West Palm Beach, Florida on Easter Sunday 1976. The coroner’s report read, “Cause of death…malnutrition.” After wasting away to fifty pounds she could no longer stay alive.
When the state authorities made their preliminary investigation of her home, they found a veritable “pigpen…the biggest mess you can imagine.” One seasoned inspector declared he had never seen a dwelling in greater disarray.
Bertha had begged food at her neighbors’ doors and had gotten what clothes she had from the Salvation Army. From all appearances she was a penniless recluse – a pitiful and forgotten widow.
But such was not the case!
Amid the jumble of her filthy, disheveled belongings were found two keys to safe-deposit boxes at two different local banks. The discovery was unbelievable. The first box contained over 700 AT&T stock certificates, plus hundreds of other valuable notes, bonds, and solid financial securities, not to mention cash amounting to $200,000. The second box had no certificates, just cash – $600,000 to be exact. And, this is in 1976!!!
Bertha Williams was a multi-millionaire! Yet she died of starvation!
How does something like that happen?
Yet it does all the time. Disciples have been given God’s word to feast on, God’s Holy Spirit to guide and direct, and the privilege to pray. God has given to disciples everything we need to thrive in God’s kingdom. But too many are starving, dying. And this is totally unnecessary. It is tragic.
Thank you for taking the time to read these verses of the day. Thank you for taking the time to pray.
Keep at it!