C Jay Anderson
It never ceases to amaze me how God works in my life! I was just coming back from dropping Patrick off at school, I knew I had a big day today, making final preparations for the GRIEF BRIDGE WORKSHOP tomorrow. On the spur of the moment I decided to whip in to McDonald’s and get a cup of coffee instead of taking the time to brew a pot when I got home.
As I drove into the parking lot I noticed this man sitting on the corner of a brick fence at McDonald’s. This man was old and worn, his shoes were falling apart and he had holes in his clothes. But he had a smile on his face and the look in his eye that I could not forget.
I proceeded through the drive-through and ordered my coffee, I decided to break a 20 instead of paying for my coffee with the change on my dash.
I kept thinking about the look of contentment on this man’s face as I drove up to him and said “Good Morning,” He smiled, nodded his head and said “Good Morning ma’am.”
I asked him if he was OK if he needed anything? He said, “No Ma’am, I am just fine!” I held out a five dollar bill to him, and he said “No no that’s OK I don’t need that.” But I insisted. As he got up and walked closer to me I noticed that he hadn’t had a shave in a while, his hair was long and scraggly and he was missing a few teeth. But the look of Contentment on his face and in his eyes were mesmerizing! The color of his eyes were a beautiful turquoise!
He saw my dog in the back and he asked me, “Is that your baby?” I said “Yes. His name is Dash and he is a descendent of Rin-Tin-Tin.” At this point He got all excited and started telling me about his German Shepherd when he was a boy!
I listened to him intensely, while in the back of my mind I was thinking this man is somebody’s baby! This man could be somebody’s daddy!
I could see he was lonely and hungry but not for food, for human contact! For someone to listen to him! To validate his worth here on earth! Today I was that person! Let me rephrase that, today I was honored to be that person!
He reminded me of myself when I was in the depths of my raw grief and I just wanted somebody to listen to me, somebody to validate me!
He reminded me of all my sisters and brothers in sorrow who are struggling with the grief of the loss of their precious child here on earth and just want somebody to listen to them, to validate them.
When he was done telling me his story about his dog I said, “Do you mind if I ask you a question?” He said, “No ma’am.”
I asked him, “Do you know Jesus?”
His face lit up like I have never seen anybody’s face ever lite up at the name of Jesus! His eyes got bluer and deeper and his smile covered his whole face.
He said enthusiastically, “Yes, Ma’am, Do i know Jesus!”
We said our goodbyes and I drove away with bittersweet tears running down my face. When I got home I fell to my knees and praised God for blessing my day with this beautiful man who just wanted somebody to listen to him!
What does the Bible have to say about the work God has uniquely equipped you to do?
I never thought in my wildest dreams this would be my calling or my passion!
I am passionate about reaching out and helping Bereaved Parents find their way in this hard and new world they find themselves in!
Know that your KINDNESS has a RIPPLE EFFECT!
You may have lost all hope.
It may seem like a life sentence when you have lost a child.
Your story maybe the key that can unlock someone else's prison.