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Stories For The Soul

 This evening as I was leaving Best Buy, I noticed this man going through the garbage can outside of the store. As I walked to my car I watched him as he reached in the garbage can and pulled out fast food trash bags and inspected all that was in the thrown away bags. He did this for several minutes. He would find a few fries in one bag and a bite or two of a hamburger in another bag. You can see the hamburger wrapper by his knee where he was placing the food items he’d found.

He never bothered anyone or tried to stop and beg for money as people entered and left the store. After he went through the entire trash can he neatly cleaned up the area and wrapped up the food he found in the dirty hamburger wrapper. My heart literally hurt for him. I am not someone who just hands out money or even helps homeless people because so many are not truly homeless. I don’t guess I’ve ever seen someone actually go through a garbage can to try to find food to eat.

I knew I had to help him. I got out of my car and asked him if I could buy him something to eat. He told me he would appreciate anything I could get him. He was on a bike and I told him if he’d follow me I’d buy him a meal at the fast food place around the block. He followed me and I bought him the biggest meal they had on the menu. The only request he gave me for his order was if I could get him a big glass of sweet tea to go with his meal!

When I brought him his food, he was so thankful. He told me his name was Steve and he’d been homeless ever since his sister died last September. He was trying to get off the streets, but it was so hard. I told him God loved him and I would pray for him. He told me again how much he appreciated the meal.

When I got back in my car, I drove off with such a heaviness in my heart for this man. I drove down the road and felt compelled to go back to help this man. When I came back he had finished his meal and was riding away. I pulled up beside him and asked him if there was any way I could help him. He told me not really. He never asked me for money. I asked him if I could buy him a few meals and put it on a gift card for him. He told me that would be so kind. I drove to McDonalds and bought him some meals and gave him a gift card.

He broke down crying. He told me that he prayed for me today! I wasn’t sure what he meant (I was assuming he was praying for me for what I did for him) so I thanked him. He said, “No, you don’t understand. I prayed that God would send someone to buy me a hot meal today…and he sent you!” I didn’t know what to say…I was speechless! Praying for a hot meal wasn’t a prayer I had prayed today! Come to think of it, that’s not a prayer I’ve ever prayed! I always pray over my food, but I’ve never prayed for a meal…its expected! I’ve never doubted that I wouldn’t be able to eat…Tears began to fill my eyes! Oh my…how blessed am I… Maybe God used me to answer this man’s prayer…to let him know that He cares for Him and knows what goes going through! But, maybe God used this man to show me just how blessed I am and what I take for granted…

He said, “You see, I have cancer!” He pulled up his shirt and pointed to a huge mass that was poking out from his stomach. He said said he knew it wouldn’t be much longer. I asked him if he knew Jesus. He told me that he did. I asked if I could pray for him and he said that I could. We prayed right there on the sidewalk of McDonalds. Tears just poured from his eyes. He told me he knew that he was going to die and that he was ready to die. He was tired of being in pain and he would be better off dead because this was no life – living this way. I stayed and encouraged him for a few minutes trying to fight back my tears. My prayer is that I showed him the love of Jesus today…that something I said gave him a hope.

You see, everybody has a story! I know Steve’s story now…all because I felt compelled to help him…he ended up touching me today!

When I left him, I knew I had done what God wanted me to do! God put him in my path today…I know he did! I’ve never felt such a feeling to help someone as I did today. I was reminded again of how blessed I am! I have a vehicle that gets me from place to place, I have a roof over my head, clean clothes, money to buy a hot meal, running water, electricity, my health, a job, family, and friends! Sometimes God sends situations our way to remind us of how blessed we are! If you’ve read this far, please remember Steve in your prayers!

Yes, I have been blessed, God’s so good to me! Precious are His thoughts of you and me! There’s no way I could count them, there’s not enough time, so I’ll just thank Him for being so kind. God has been good, so good! I have been blessed!  (end of story)

Z: I guess the point is …if you feel compelled to help someone, do it……….Angels on earth don’t have wings and harps and halos!  They have McDonald’s and a bottle of water and a kind word and a prayer………..!!

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27 Responses to Sunday Faith Blog

  1. bocopro says:

    Well, I don’t need no he’p just yet, but . . . .

    Been off line for several days ‘cause of Mustang Sally, the Gulf Coast slow-walker who came to town and turned everything off ‘round these parts, just as did her predecessor, Ivan the Terrible, 16 years ago. https://www.clickorlando.com/weather/2020/09/16/hurricane-sally-makes-landfall-in-same-place-on-same-day-as-ivan-did-16-years-ago/

    Ivan put my neighborhood in the dark for over 2 weeks, tore off at least half the roofs in Pensacola, and did gazillions in property damage.

    Sally wandered in at the same place Ivan did, on the same day of the year, and turned off my lights for 2 days and my internet/e-mail/TV for 5 days.

    She ripped off 30% of the shingles on my roof and poured 30 inches of unnecessary rain in some spots during her slow meander thru florabama. NOT what you’d call a well-behaved summertime guest.

    Got my power back 3 days after it went off, and my broadband/TV came back last evenin around 1800 or so, permanently, I hope. My son lives about 15 miles to the west of us, and he’s still without any power at all. Problem with that is he isn’t on city water out there and relies on a pump-driven well . . . so, without power – – – –

    Most areas are slowly being dragged outta the 19th century, but the entire Navy Exchange complex, including Commissary, Hospital, Pharmacy, and automobile service station are still dark. Big ol’ iron gates to the Hospital are shut and locked.

    Had a close call with the rain situation, aside from the major roof leak over the MBR bathroom. Water came within an inch of topping the sill at the patio sliding door. For some odd reason, it was about half an inch lower in the front, but any vehicle goin along the TOTALLY flooded street sent a bow wake crashing into the door.

    When I saw the back yard goin under, I suggested to the ladies that they get anything valuable up off the floors. As they were rollin up Persian carpets and raisin various stuff outta danger, I told ‘em, “If you know any Moses-like prayers for makin the waters recede, this’d be a great time for it.”

    Milady said, “I already did that,” as she and our daughter shoved blocks under an antique bookcase. Now, I’m not what you’d call a religious believer, but within only a few minutes, the rain stopped, and the waters halted.

    ‘Bout an hour later, she looked out the patio door and said, “I can see tips of the grass blades peekin up thru the water out there.” Sho’ ‘nuff, it started goin down, and about 5 hours later the Backyard Bayou was waterless.

    Co-inky-dinky, I know . . . ‘cause the center of the storm had gone north of us, taking this area out of the dangerous northeast quadrant – meaning less wind and rain. But sometimes it makes me pause and ponder when she does stuff like that.

    ‘Course my garage was a lake, and a big ol’ popcorn tree came down on my fence, and the entire section of fence twixt my place and the one on our east side, is down. LOTTA cleanup goin on. Most of the trees are downright nekkid, stripped of their finery, and many just broke and lyin down.

    But . . . no TV, no Pelosi, no politics, no robo-calls — just the scream of the sirens and the steady growl of the generators and the angry barking of chain saws for musical background.

    Ah, well . . . it happens. I’ve endured MANY typhoons in Asia, at least a dozen hurricanes in Carolina and Florida, some devastating floods in several places, earthquakes in SoCal, riots in SanFranPsycho and Chicongo, and 8 years of DingleBarry and his mob of socio-racist community organizers, so I reckon I’ll survive this, too.

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  2. As to your post. I think it might have been here that I mentioned that the homeless situation reminds me of the Rich Man and Lazarus.
    This was an excellent example of that.
    As for cancer (and economic hardship), I just spent most of yesterday at the life celebration of a friend of mine, the daughter of my best friend.
    She was a hard working wonderful young Christian lady who Covid drove into poverty and then denial of medical access (Covid-rules) that might have detected the cancer sooner.
    Her father (former missionary and pastor) is on workman’s comp having injured himself badly on the job. He was a construction cleanup manager. So the funeral was an unexpected cost.
    We never know what might befall us or those we are looking at.
    Being led by the Holy Spirit helps sort it out.

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  3. bunkerville says:

    Beautiful story..thanks.

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  4. MAL says:

    Angels are said to be all around us, Z, so perhaps sometimes we unknowingly become one. Great story that has to leave you feeling good inside. Good for you, girl! And keep praying for Steve.

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  5. geeez2014 says:

    BOCOPRO…sounds like you DID survive it. So glad…I’d say THANK GOD, but…ya know…:-)
    Very glad you’re back and SAFE.

    MAL…what’s the GREATEST feeling is when you KNOW you’ve been an angel……
    There have been times in my life when I’ve done something for a friend which is VERY out of my character…yes, I am giving, yes, I’m kind most of the time, and I won’t go into it here, but it’s meant doing something in spite of an anxiety-producing situation I sometimes get…It meant taking her to a doctor and it quite literally saved her life.
    That’s happened twice. I was part of miracles. She likes to tell people around us over the years since it happened, which I REALLY don’t like because I never tell this story ever without including “it was SO NOT me…” and it wasn’t. IT SO WAS NOT ME. Plus, I NEVER talk about things I do. She puts herself out there FAR FAR FAR more than I do…and I have heard about every single one of the things she does…..every single day. And I mourn for her that she needs to…

    ED….’denial of medical access’? Our hospitals and med offices are open during this pandemic…are there places where they’re not open to other-than-COVID patients.
    I’m so sorry for all the awful challenges she experienced…..

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  6. People were locked out of “routine” hospital, doctor and dental visits.
    My nephew, in remission, could not get tests, only to find, when he could, that he had a recurrence that should have been found earlier.
    “Large jump in Michigan deaths outside hospitals as coronavirus raged.”
    https://www.dmc.org/news/newsroom/large-jump-in-michigan-deaths-outside-hospitals-as-coronavirus-raged

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  7. geeez2014 says:

    Ed…I do remember some doctor’s offices closed…but, around here, it was only a month or so…….if I remember correctly. Hospitals still took anybody in, but nobody could go in with you so lots of people wouldn’t go….LOTS of people chose not to have tests because they were scared of the virus…that hurt Americans badly, too. So sad. The original TV coverage, people on gurneys being rushed in by ambulance, over and over and over…day after day….horrible numbers, terrified relatives, “NO VENTILATORS” etc., REALLY STUCK, didn’t it. Because that scenario ended quite quickly in reality, but not in the fears of many.

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  8. Between locking people out of medical services, their businesses, and putting Covid patients in nursing homes, the real killer wasn’t Covid, it was the response.

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  9. How many upcoming Civil War deaths will be correctly attributed to Covid, since it will be the Covid response (fraud) to election “law” that will trigger it?

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  10. geeez2014 says:

    Hard to explain that to 200,000 families who lost their loved one, but do you hold Trump responsible for the fraud?
    By the way, where has Dr Brix been since Trump insulted her so badly?

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  11. geeez2014 says:

    I just checked..Dr Brix is ‘traveling’ around universities regarding COVID since Trump called her ‘pathetic’.

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  12. MAL says:

    I’ve experienced delays in obtaining medical attention also, but nothing as serious as Ed’s nephew. In Feb. I noticed a spot on my face that wouldn’t heal and would bleed every time it was wiped with a towel. Normally, I would simply call my dermatologist and things would be taken care of but due to the pandemic, I kept putting it off until July when he not only treated it, he found another spot on. my left ear and took a biopsy, which turned out to be malignant, and ended up slicing it 3 times before he got it all (I had the same thing done on the top of the same ear about 12 years ago). Now I know how Van Gogh must’ve felt, although “Vinnie” cut the whole thing off himself for no apparent reason! The other spot I originally went in for is so close to my left eye instead of surgery he gave me the option of treating it daily for 6 weeks with a creme that should kill it, so I opted for that. He said it can sting a bit but has a 95% cure rate and he considered that good odds here in Vegas!
    This is the price I have to pay for growing up in So. Calif. and constantly in the sun. Always at the beach and constantly drove with the top down, before sun blocks were created. All we had was Coppertone which did nothing to protect you.

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  13. geeez2014 says:

    MAL…COPPERTONE made you TANNER, attracting UV RAYS 🙂
    Glad you’re watching your ‘spots’!!

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  14. Suppose you believe that the 200,000 covid deaths is not inflated by co-morbidity, or that the 94% number attributed to the recent CDC release is being misinterpreted.
    These are the CDC stats for 2017 (latest stats there, seen as typical annual numbers by them)
    Heart disease: 647,457
    Cancer: 599,108
    Accidents (unintentional injuries): 169,936
    Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 160,201
    Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 146,383
    Alzheimer’s disease: 121,404
    Diabetes: 83,564
    Influenza and pneumonia: 55,672
    Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 50,633
    Intentional self-harm (suicide): 47,173

    Obviously Covid is not in there, but my assertion is not that people dying is a fraud, but that the reaction to it is a fraud. People are being cowed into fear that is obviously skewing political perspectives in this country, and I believe purposely.
    Meanwhile cancer, which also affected Mal and my nephew, thankfully not lethally, killed three times that 200K number, and Heart Disease more so.
    And we all know someone who has reported an occasion of covid inflation. I know of a few personally and have heard of many more.

    Yet people not seen in time with fatal conditions that were not detected in time (like my friend Sarah) because of Covid lockouts, are not being tabulated, along with the suicides that have increased in response to the lockdowns, loss of revenue, etc.

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  15. Cube says:

    Z, what are you thininkig? He could’ve killed you. Please don’t do that again.

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  16. And there is this:
    CDC Admits Hospital Incentives Drove Up COVID-19 Deathshttps://www.epatienthealthcare.com/cdc-admits-hospital-incentives-drove-up-covid-19-deaths/

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  17. Baysider says:

    Many people have reported delays in getting medical stuff done, except for emergency. And even then there’s a lot of fear getting into an ER. Mr. B’s procedures were so delayed he had to start all over with the initial visit and evaluation because he passed the expiry date of the pre-surgery work we did last winter. Only God knows about Ed’s friend, and so sorry to hear.

    You never know who is behind that face on the street. I thought about this as I briefly helped a woman on the street. (She’s the one who didn’t want to return to her transition home because it was full of meth heads who preyed on other residents.) She was a little abusive. 5 years ago I would have stopped right there and walked away. But I’ve had so much abuse piled on me that it hardly phased me. She kept saying “why the f**k are you doing this” but responded to a rational answer, and then let me help her. So I guessed she wasn’t one of those mental cases that may charge you with a knife because they are terrified and cannot interpret your assistance.

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  18. geeez2014 says:

    CUBE>..I said at the top I DID NOT WRITE THAT 🙂 But thanks xxxxx

    Ed…Please.. A friend just lost a 40 year old and very dear from from a terrible COVID death 2 days ago. It was an awful death….
    I get all that you wrote. All the deaths you describe don’t make it one bit easier.
    ALL those other deaths happen every single year…sadly, we get inured to them…suddenly, there’s something that comes along and adds to the numbers and that’s very scary and the suspicions around it make it even worse.
    I have written here MANY times that I believe the numbers are HIGHLY inflated….but we both know a LOT of people have died from COVID …….And lots of dishonesty surrounds all of it.

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  19. Baysider says:

    I agree about inflated Covid numbers for several nefarious reasons. It’s still there, and I’d like to ask prayer for Marion. She’s the mother of a woman in my group and she has Covid. She was treated in the hospital and has been returned to the care home where she lives. She was independent before, but not now. She is slowly improving, but very weak, doing PT in her bed. In the last year she’s lost all 3 of her siblings, nieces and one of her daughters – none from Covid, but before that. She feels very alone and her daughter here is torn up that she can’t get on a plane and ‘see’ her mom and encourage her. Please pray for Marion’s recovery and encouragement, and for peace and comfort for her and her daughter. Thank you.

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  20. geeez2014 says:

    BAYSIDER ; COVID is very hard on the body, the older you get, the tougher it is……….I will pray now.
    I hope she doesn’t have life-lasting symptoms, because some aren’t recovering 100%.
    THanks, Baysider.

    The very fact that COVID is written on death certificates when it is NOT death from COVID is upsetting not only because it scares people but because VERY VERY few docs or nurses have spoken up. We have dishonest people in this field like we never suspected…which I find utterly unreassuring.

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  21. Baysider says:

    Thank you. And yes, the hypoxic damage to organs leading to organ failure is devastating.

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  22. Mustang says:

    I think that God gives us opportunities to achieve grace. Whether we avail ourselves of the offer is another matter. I shudder to think that any of us would turn Christ away simply because he looked like a homeless person. Is interacting with strangers … particularly seedy looking people … dangerous? Yes. But we need not fret about the prospect of losing our lives if we know where we’re going when we die.

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  23. geeez2014 says:

    BAYSIDER; But not in the large percentage of patients, thankfully.

    Mustang, I think that’s correct…but I believe Christ wouldn’t want us to die at the hands of an insane homeless person, either…He did give us brains?!! And you are SO RIGHT: if we know where we’re going, why worry?
    Funny, Mustang…I think the same of America; I TOTALLY believe America was created by GOD, and he’s had His hand on our country and, quite frankly, doesn’t want the INSANE to screw it up 🙂
    I think he loves all of us, sane, insane, evil, wicked, etc…….
    I don’t think he wants a Venezuela world for ANY of His loved ones.

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  24. Mustang, I must say I always feel Less fearful helping strangers when I have a gun in my pocket.

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  25. Mustang says:

    @ Ed … I completely agree. Plus, I would never subject my wife to danger only to satisfy an impulse to help a seedy looking character. In England, a friend of ours noticed a homeless man sitting along the street corner holding a sign “Need help.” She went into a nearby McDonalds and bought him one of their meal packages and took it to him. His response was, “I don’t want your (expletive) food; I want money.” That was the last time she ever tried to help someone who appeared down and out.

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  26. Baysider says:

    Mustang, I had a friend who “helped” by buying food and taking it to that begger. He cursed at her and threw it in her face. He wanted money!

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  27. MAL says:

    So much for trying to be compassionate, huh?

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