“How good and pleasant it is when brothers
live together in unity!”

Psalm 133:1, NIV

You may have heard the story told of a man who had just arrived in Heaven, told St. Peter how grateful he was to be in such a glorious place, and asked Peter to give him one glimpse into Hell in order that he might appreciate his good fortune even more. Peter agreed to his request.

In Hell, he saw a long table that extended as far as the eye could see. Upon that table was the most exquisite meal he had ever seen. However, everyone around the table was starving to death. The man asked Peter how it was possible for these people to be starving while so much food was right before their eyes. Peter responded that in Hell, everyone was required to eat with four-foot long chopsticks and the chopsticks were so long that no one could move the food from the table to his mouth. Therefore, everyone was slowly starving to death.

Immediately they returned to Heaven; to Heaven’s grand banquet room in particular. The new arrival was amazed to see an identical table laden down with the same exquisite meal. However, in Heaven, everyone was happy and very well fed. The man asked St. Peter, “With what do these people take food from the table?” Peter responded, “With the same four-foot long chopsticks!” The man then asked how it was possible that the people in Hell were starving to death while the people in Heaven were happy and healthy. Peter replied, “In Heaven, we feed each other!”

What a powerful lesson! We live in a world where people are starving for so many things: love, acceptance, security, a purpose for living. How is this possible in a world where we have so much on our tables materially, technologically, politically, medically and financially? Maybe we too are sitting around our table of opportunity with four-foot long chopsticks trying to feed only ourselves?

QUESTION: Who is sitting across the table from you today that needs feeding?