June 17 – Garbage Mary

Several years ago, Chicago news media carried the story of a woman who became known as “Garbage Mary.” One day she was found rummaging through trash cans, and questioned by police. Because she was in a confused state of mind, they took her to a psychiatric hospital. Later, stock certificates and bank books found in her apartment revealed that she was in fact a millionaire. Mary, though she had great riches, was living on garbage. How sad! But really, many of us make a worse mistake. Though God is rich in mercy, love and grace, we continue to search in the world’s garbage cans for satisfaction, joy and peace. The Psalmist urges us to “give thanks to the Lord, for His unfailing love, for He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” And the Psalmist invites us to “taste and see that the Lord is good.” That invitation is open to you, whoever you are, and wherever you are today.

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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