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Eating Apples from the Same Basket

Fred Craddock tells about his youth group giving hunger baskets. The group would meet on a Saturday morning in the church basement and put together baskets of food for the poor people in their town in east Tennessee. Most lived on subsistence incomes. Fred and his friends didn't know any of them by name, but they knew the part of town where they lived. One of the youth group advisors would drop them off in front of a run-down house. The kids would jump out of the truck, sneak up to the house, and put the basket on the front step. Then they would knock on the door and run back to the truck before the poor recipient could come to the door. These were "hit and run" hunger baskets. 
One time, it was Fred's turn. He jumped out of the truck, sneaked up to the house, and carried the basket to the front step. Just as he got there, the door opened and he stood face to face with someone he had never met. Fred was frozen in his track; this wasn't supposed to happen. The man said, "Is this for me? That's kind of you." Fred breathed a sigh of relief. 
Then the man said, "These are pretty red apples in this basket. Why don't you pick one out for yourself?" This wasn't supposed to happen. What do you do? You deliver a food basket to the poor man, and he offers you something? The man said, "Go on; pick out an apple for yourself." So Fred picked out an apple. As he walked back to the truck, he realized all of us eat from the same basket.

- William Carter, in an exegetical paper shared in a preachers' discussion group
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