"Give Everything"
(By: David Sims)

11-3-2005 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #364

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Story of the Week
Give Everything
(By: David Sims)

Two years ago my family and I were at the park, on a main highway near our home, enjoying an afternoon of watching my oldest daughter play softball.

I had noticed the man, in dirty clothes, sitting at one of the far tables near the street, with all his earthly belongings in a single shopping cart. I then noticed him walk our way, and I tried to make myself invisible (probably as invisible as he feels every time someone ignores his outstretched hand.)

To my relief, he was only going to the drinking fountain for water. I was so relieved, I didn't even consider reaching into my ice chest full of cold bottled water and offering him one. I just allowed him to continue to drink the questionable quality of water from the public park fountain.

After he finished his drink, he lingered for a moment to watch the girl's game. Many thoughts passed through my mind as I looked at him. How old was he, if he had children, how did he get into the position to be living on the streets?

He walked back to his cart without asking anyone for anything. As the day in the park continued, my two sons, ages 9 and 3, where playing kickball on the grass around the outside of the ball field.

I was absorbed by the softball game, but I still remember the scream my older son made, "ERICK STOP!" As I turned, I could see the ball my son had kicked being chased by my younger son, directly toward the highway loaded with fast moving cars. I screamed my son's name and begin to run the 40 or so yards to the street. To my amazement, the man in the dirty clothes and the cart jumped up and ran in front of my son only a few feet from the highway. The kick ball continued into the street to be bounced along by several cars. I reached them both a few seconds later and immediately begin to thank the man who so unselfishly protected my son from harm.

I tried to give him all the money I had in my pocket. All he said was, "that's OK man, I just wanted to help." I begged him to take the money, and finally he reluctantly did and walked back to his cart.

Ironically, here was someone who, just an hour earlier, I was trying to ignore, so he wouldn't ask me for spare change. Now I would gladly give everything I had for his act of kindness. It's truly amazing how our vision can change so quickly.

No longer was he just a man in the dirty clothes with a cart. He was looking like a big, beautiful, Guardian Angel.

Pastor's Quote of the Week
God always has an angel of help for those who are willing to do their duty.
(From: T. L. Cuyler )

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        Your Love flows through each of us who allow it to. Help us that we may allow more often.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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