Faith, Hope and Love. It was the foundation of what they taught at church. So when three farmers showed up at the young priest’s doorstep with an offering of three French hens, Father Simon immediately understood the meaning behind it. He invited them into his home to share in a Christmas meal.
Suzanne, Eli and Nathaniel were young farmers who had inherited their family’s wheat farm when their father past away during the summer. Their crops had failed that season and they hoped that the offering of the French hens to the church would bring a better harvest next season.
Father Simon said a special prayer for the young farmers at dinner that night. The next day he went to the church and there was a man standing at the door waiting for him.
“Are you Father Simon?” the man asked.
“Yes, I am. How may I help you?”
“I was told that maybe you might be able to help me find work. You see, I’m recently unemployed and my wife is expecting our first child and we just got evicted from our apartment. I’m willing to do anything. I’m a very hard worker. We are even willing to except room and board as payment for work until I might be able to find something else.” The man looked down on his luck, but he did look able-bodied. The priest immediately thought of the young farmers and he gave them their names and phone number.
A few weeks later the young farmers returned to the church to thank the young priest. They told him that the man he had sent them had been a godsend. He taught them things that they never even knew about farming and even helped them decide on some livestock to raise to help get them through the colder months when they had no crops. They had even decided to take him on permanently and were helping the young couple to build a small house on a piece of their land that wasn’t really good for crops.
“You had faith in God to bring you a solution to your problems,” he told them. “You had hope that things would get better. And you showed love by taking in the man and his wife. You do not need to thank me. You did it all yourselves.”
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