For the last two weeks I wrote about gratitude and chains, which leads me to share this beautiful true story. I hope you will be inspired, learn something, and it will change your life (and perhaps another person's life) for the better.
One Sunday morning Robert was patiently waiting for his wife to join him near the entrance to their church. As he stood there and looked around, he saw a man standing nearby who appeared to have just come from the nearby woods. Robert walked up to the man with a smile on his face and said, "Hello." The man shifted his position and looked around before saying hello to Robert.
"My name is Robert. Would you like to come in with me for a cup of coffee?"
The man stepped back a little and shook his head as he whispered, "No, thank you."
"Well, I would love to have you come in and join me. I am waiting for my wife who is over there talking to those people." Robert pointed towards his wife, Danielle a few yards away. "The coffee is free and you just might like it. It will warm you up on this chilly morning."
The man again shook his head, turned, and walked back into the woods.
The next Sunday, Robert saw the same man standing near the entrance to the woods. He went up to him, extended his hand and said, "Hey, man. It is good to see you again."
The man smiled a little and shook Robert's hand and said, "My name is Mike." That morning Mike did go into the church and had a cup of coffee. The following week he sat in the church next to Robert and his wife.
Over the next weeks and months, Mike shared how he became homeless, that he was from England but had lived in the U.S. for several years, was well educated, and still had contact with his mother in England. Mike was very thin and Robert and Danielle were concerned for his health. They took him into their home, fed and clothed him, and found medical care for him. They set him up with whatever financial and community support programs available to him.
Another parishioner at the same church, Phil whose wife had passed away six months prior to Robert and Mike meeting. Phil and his wife had been long time members of the church. He was quite lonely and felt overwhelmed living in such a big house for one person. When he met Mike at church a kinship developed and soon Mike was living in one of the spare bedrooms in Phil's house.
When I heard this story, I could not help but recall the two blogs: gratitude and chains. We each probably have so much to be grateful for: our homes, food, clothing, health, etc. And it is my hope that we can break the chains that are holding us back. Thanks to Robert, Danielle, and Phil the chains that kept Mike homeless were broken.
AND IT ALL STARTED WITH A SMILE AND A HELLO!!
WE EACH CAN DO THIS...WE JUST MIGHT HELP A PERSON IN NEED
- Karen Ingalls
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