11:26 Grain for the Hungry

Francois Fenelon who opened his graneries

The people curse him who holds back grain, but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it. Proverbs 11:26

During the wars that ravaged Europe in his day, Francois Fenelon was renowned for his generosity and kindness to the wounded of both sides. Snubbed by the King of France, he returned good for evil, opening his granaries to his majesty’s starving men, and refusing any compensation.

This was but one example of his Christlike spirit. He bought medicines for the wounded, housed whom he could in his residence and rented houses to serve as hospitals for others. Friend and foe alike blessed him. There was in him none of that “let them eat cake” mentality which in a subsequent generation would cause the people to curse the French monarchy and behead their king and queen.

Fenelon went beyond the minimum requirements. In this he was like Christ. Jesus left his unspeakably glorious mansion for us. He opened the granaries of God by freely offering himself as the bread of life. While on earth, he shared the little he had in his money bag with the poor. And he yielded his very life for the lost.

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