Good morning said a woman as she walked up to the man
sitting on ground.
The man slowly looked up.
This was a woman clearly accustomed to the finer things of
life. Her coat was new.. She looked like she had never missed a meal in her
His first thought was that she wanted to make fun of him,
like so many others had done before.. "Leave me alone," he
To his amazement, the woman continued standing. She was
smiling -- her even white teeth displayed in dazzling rows. "Are you
hungry?" she asked.
"No," he answered sarcastically. "I've just come
from dining with the president. Now go away."
The woman's smile became even broader. Suddenly the man felt
a gentle hand under his arm. "What are you doing, lady?" the man
asked angrily. "I said to leave me alone.
Just then a policeman came up. "Is there any problem,
ma'am?" he asked.."No problem here, officer," the woman
answered. "I'm just trying to get this man to his feet. Will you help
The officer scratched his head. "That's old Jack. He's
been a fixture around here for a couple of years. What do you want with
him?" "See that cafeteria
over there?" she asked. "I'm going to get him something to eat and
get him out of the cold for awhile."
"Are you crazy, lady?" the homeless man resisted.
"I don't want to go in there!" Then he felt strong hands grab his
other arm and lift him up. "Let me go, officer. I didn't do
anything." "This is a good deal for you, Jack" the officer
answered. "Don't blow it.."
Finally, and with some difficulty, the woman and the police
officer got Jack into the cafeteria and sat him at a table in a remote corner.
It was the middle of the morning, so most of the breakfast crowd had already
left and the lunch bunch had not yet arrived...
The manager strode across the cafeteria and stood by his
table. "What's going on here, officer?" he asked. "What is all
this, is this man in trouble?"
"This lady brought this man in here to be fed,"
the policeman answered. "Not in here!" the manager replied angrily.
"Having a person like that here is bad for business.."
Old Jack smiled a toothless grin. "See, lady. I told
you so. Now if you'll let me go. I didn't want to come here in the first
The woman turned to the cafeteria manager and smiled.......
"Sir, are you familiar with Eddy and Associates, the banking firm down the
street?" "Of course I am," the manager answered impatiently.
"They hold their weekly meetings in one of my banquet rooms."
"And do you make a godly amount of money providing food
at these weekly meetings?" "What business is that of
yours?" I, sir, am Penelope Eddy,
president and CEO of the company." "Oh."
The woman smiled again. "I thought that might make a
difference." She glanced at the cop who was busy stifling a giggle.
"Would you like to join us in a cup of coffee and a meal, officer?"
"No thanks, ma'am," the officer replied. "I'm
on duty." "Then, perhaps, a cup of coffee to go?" "Yes, maam.
That would be very nice." The cafeteria manager turned on his heel,
"I'll get your coffee for you right away, officer." The officer
watched him walk away. "You certainly put him in his place," he said.
"That was not my intent. Believe it or not, I have a reason for all
She sat down at the table across from her amazed dinner
guest. She stared at him intently.. "Jack, do you remember me?" Old Jack searched her face with his old,
rheumy eyes. "I think so -- I mean you do look familiar."
"I'm a little older perhaps," she said.
"Maybe I've even filled out more than in my younger days when you worked
here, and I came through that very door, cold and hungry."
"Ma'am?" the officer said questioningly. He
couldn't believe that such a magnificently turned out woman could ever have
"I was just out of college," the woman began.
"I had come to the city looking for a job, but I couldn't find anything.
Finally I was down to my last few cents and had been kicked out of my
apartment. I walked the streets for days. It was February and I was cold and
nearly starving. I saw this place and walked in on the off chance that I could
get something to eat."
Jack lit up with a smile. "Now I remember," he
said.. "I was behind the serving counter. You came up and asked me if you
could work for something to eat. I said that it was against company
"I know," the woman continued. "Then you made
me the biggest roast beef sandwich that I had ever seen, gave me a cup of
coffee, and told me to go over to a corner table and enjoy it. I was afraid
that you would get into trouble... Then, when I looked over and saw you put the
price of my food in the cash register, I knew then that everything would be all
"So you started your own business?" Old Jack said.
"I got a job that very afternoon. I worked my way up. Eventually I started
my own business that, with the help of God, prospered." She opened her
purse and pulled out a business card.. "When you are finished here, I want
you to pay a visit to a Mr. Lyons...He's the personnel director of my company. I'll
go talk to him now and I'm certain he'll find something for you to do around
She smiled. "I think he might even find the funds to
give you a little advance so that you can buy some clothes and get a place to
live until you get on your feet... If you ever need anything, my door is always
opened to you."
There were tears in the old man's eyes. "How can I ever
thank you?" he said. "Don't thank me," the woman answered.
"To God goes the glory. Thank Jesus...... He led me to you."
Outside the cafeteria, the officer and the woman paused at
the entrance before going their separate ways.... "Thank you for all your help,
officer," she said.
"On the contrary, Ms. Eddy," he answered.
"Thank you. I saw a miracle today, something that I will never forget.
And.. And thank you for the coffee."
God is going to shift things around for you today and let
things work in your favor. Give him all
the Glory and pay it forward (and sometimes backwards!)
"A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart" **
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
He who is wise will keep an open mind until he has fairly tested the various proofs that are available to him"
To be persuasive, one must be believable;
To be believable, one must be credible;
To be credible, one must be truthful
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