A Story for Thanksgiving

15 Nov


To be a Christian means more than praying. It means to thank God for his many blessings by sharing with those who need the most.

She stood on the elevated median on a busy Florida intersection. Cars were lined up waiting for a green light.

It was August, mid-afternoon, humid with the temperature hovering above 90 degrees.

The woman, about 30 or so, was dressed poorly but modestly, perspiring profusely, and she seemed in distress. She had no sign announcing hunger or joblessness. She alternately stood or walked up and down the median. She did not speak—but the pain in her face, her apparent fatigue and hunger were quite evident.

A man, in the car ahead of me, apparently called out to her as he held out some money. She hurried over, took the money and said, if I lip-read well, “Thank you.” Then, she burst into tears.

The traffic light changed and we were all on our way.

What was her story? Was she homeless, a widow, an abused spouse, a grieving mother? Was she an unemployed single mom with children to support? Was she in trouble with the law? Where had she been and what had happened to her— what put her at that intersection, totally vulnerable and apparently hopeless?

That evening as I supped well, I actually felt guilty as I wondered whether she had something to eat.

But the thing that still gives me pause was that “Thank you” and the tears that streamed down her face.”

So much gratitude for so little.

Happy Thanksgiving.


4 Responses to “A Story for Thanksgiving”

  1. findmeinfloridaagain November 15, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

    Thanks. NIce! I am in hurry but not on deadline. Prayer exchange and a smile for the inspiration.

  2. bertghezzi@cfl.rr.com November 16, 2013 at 2:08 pm #


  3. Mike Schuermann November 18, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    No Tears from me but a VERY Sincere thank you to you for continuing to share your faith and His love every day. I am truly blessed to have a friend like you. May you and Peg and your entire family have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving.

    Your ‘ol buddy !! Mike and Karen (too)

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