Sunday, November 24, 2013
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ― Leo Buscaglia
Seeing the kids with their new shoes reminds me of a story I heard from Rev. Mack Charles Brown, the preacher at St. Stephen's Baptist Church in Kansas City. I was sitting in the congregation of about 1,500 African-Americans and one other like myself, but I have never felt so loved and accepted in a church in America. The story is about a little boy who had no shoes, just dirty feet. He was standing outside a shoe shop at the bottom of a hill down from the hospital there in the city. He finally got up enough nerve to go inside the crowded store and stared longingly at the beautiful new shoes. The store manager yelled at him to go back out on the street, but a nurse from the hospital was there and she pulled the boy to her. She told the manager to get the boy some nice, new shoes, and socks, too. She told him to put them on her bill, and, as she was a good and steady customer, he reluctantly agreed. She had to leave because her shift at the hospital was starting, but she told the manager that he had better do what she asked. As she was slowly walking up the hill to the hospital, she heard the unmistakeable sound of new leather-soled shoes tapping on the pavement behind her. In a minute, she felt a tug at her uniform and looked down into the smiling face of the little boy in his brand new shoes. The boy looked at her and asked, "Are you God?" She smiled and told him no, that she was just one of God's children. The boy smiled even bigger and said, "I knew it! I knew it! I knew you had to some kind of kin!" -- Are you kin? Do others know who your Father is? Do you bring smiles to the faces of children and God? It's not hard to do, if you love and care. See the quote above. God bless all who help God's children and who are God's children.