I did my shopping, but my mind kept flashing to this young man. Somebody's child. I wondered what his story was. Something about his eyes cried out to me when I handle him the dollar. He was in pain. He had a story. And I didn't need to know it. I just needed to act.
I paid for my purchase, stopped at the fast food place in the store, and purchased breakfast with coffee to go. I walked out and he was still there.
I said, "Son, come here please."
I handed him the bag and said, "You look hungry. Here's breakfast and a coffee and sugar."
His eyes filled with tears as he thanked me. I asked if I could tell him something.
"I don't know your story and I really don't need to know it. I will listen if you choose to share it. But whatever you're going through, it will pass. I just wanted to let you know that someone cares. I have a friend who was homeless for several years. He's married, with children and has a successful career now. You will be okay."
"Thank you," he said. "I needed to hear that."
I smiled and went on my way. And I prayed for this young man.
I'm publishing this on my blog to ask you to pray for the lost, the broken, the forgotten. We may not know his story, but we don't have to. "There but for the grace of God..."
Thank you for reading. Have a blessed day.