I was coming out of a sandwich shoppe and met ‘Michael’. He had a coat on that was a little too warm for the weather. He needed to shave, but appeared well kept. He had a hiker’s backpack I imagine stuffed with all his belongings.
And he asked me for some spare change or dollars. I don’t often carry cash, but I never look away when someone asks.
I asked if he was hungry and I believe he honestly answered when he said: “Always.” I said I would share the sandwich I just bought and went to my car to take out half for him. I also had a few other edible items in the trunk including a self opening can of Chef Boyardee which I told him he could eat right out of the can and it didn’t even need heating up. He told me he has done that with Campbell’s chicken soup.
I asked his name and told him mine. I wish I had more time to go back in line and get him whatever he wanted. I wish I could have stayed to talk longer with him and hear his story. I wish I had prayed with him.
I gave him an invite card to church with the upcoming service times.
I hoped he would come, but I was glad I stopped and offered a little hope to someone whom seemed hopeless waiting on the mercy of a passerby.
“Be the change you want to see in the world.”*
Be ready to make a difference.
Be the hope for the hopeless and you will…
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25.40
*Mahatma Mohandas Ghandi
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