Walk #3

In my Neighborhood

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Walking with my head lowered, my cap visor pulled down reflected how I felt after examining my finances. Suddenly I nearly bumped into a man standing at the edge of the sidewalk. I startled just a smidgen, but looked closely at the shabbily dressed, but immaculate looking man of indeterminable age.

He smiled.

He said nothing and I felt comfortable stopping a scant few feet from him. Looking into his smile I felt a weight lift. In heartbeats I forgot my troubles and the mood of my day changed. I asked if I could take his photo for my blog about our neighborhood. Hands in his pockets, he didn’t move but his smiled broadened. I snapped, thanked him and began walking again – the sun would be hot soon.

A few steps later I looked back to wave but didn’t see him. In my newfound peace I felt a little sad he was gone, but then I too smiled. I am blessed. As I envisioned his smile again something shiny in the grass caught my eye:

homeless memorial

“Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.” 1 Peter 3:8 (NLT)

 

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10 responses to “Walk #3

  1. Beautiful though sad story.

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  2. Really poignant. And a reminder that we never know what’s just around the corner ourselves, to be thankful for the moment, and compassionate to our fellow sojourners. Thanks for this!

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  3. Beautifully expressed. Hope it’s okay I posted the Homeless Memorial pic on my Pinterest board “Pondering.”

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  4. sharon

    Loved this. What a sweet loving story. God works in such mysterious ways.

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  5. Oh, Roo, how stranger and wonderful, but, yes sad that so many die homeless…

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    • I see it and feel the burden every day. During the fair weather they sleep in the park and grassy medians around churches mostly, “far from polite society” off to themselves.

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  6. I totally love walkabouts. You never know what you will bump into. That plaque is thoughtful but sad at the same time.

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