Thursday, November 5, 2009


Sometimes in life we are presented with opportunities to help others. When we do the feeling it brings is a blessing. The joy of helping someone in need can be overwhelming. I had one of those experiences the other day. It went like this:

I was at the grocery store check-out. There was an elderly man two people ahead of me. He looked very distressed. I heard the clerk tell him how much he owed. He stood there digging in his pockets, only to come up with change. The next thing I saw was the clerk voided some of his items. It broke my heart to see the embarrassment in his eyes. He kept looking at the items, looking in his pockets, looking in his hands at the coins. I stood there watching. He had big hands, working hands. I could see that he had worked hard in his life, with those hands. As the next woman paid for her transaction, the man walked slowly to the exit, looking back at the items he couldn't afford. I could see he needed the items. I continued to watch him as he exited the store and stood there at the exit, not moving.

I knew he needed the items. I told the clerk that I would like to pay for the items the man couldn't afford. I walked over to another clerk to retrieve the items they had placed in a cart, full of other items patrons had to leave behind. I paid for the three items he returned.

I can't explain how it felt. I felt like I was completing a test. A test from above and I succeeded in fulfilling my task. The task of helping someone in need. Someone I didn't know. Someone I knew nothing of. Someone who was also a human being, connected to me in the way we are all connected, as children of God.

I thought long and hard about writing this in my blog. I decided to, so that I could share my blessing. I do not want praise or thanks. I know my Father in heaven smiled when I helped the man, and that is enough for me. I only hope to have the opportunity to help someone again.

So, when you see someone in need. Please think of my story. Life can be a struggle, but together we will survive and giving is a blessing as well as receiving. We all need help sometimes, and when we give it, we have the opportunity to realize how much we have to be grateful for. It would be easy for someone to ignore his need. I witnessed it. BUT, I am glad that I didn't.

Have a great day and God Bless you all.


KAT said...

This is such a beautiful and touching story and I thank you for sharing it.

It made me feel good reading about it and reminded me of the times that I too have done something for someone else.

It just makes you feel good in your heart, doesn't it??

Take care,
Kat :)

Willa said...

You are a wondeful person with a heart of gold.