A Special Encounter
Facebook Friend Melanie Sifford sent me this beautiful account earlier today. I am sharing it with you just as she sent it to me, and with her permission.
By Melanie Sifford
I walked to Walmart today while I was waiting for my car to be repaired up the street. I saw a man walking through the parking lot who stopped to talk with a man sitting on the corner holding a sign asking for handouts. He took out a package of new t shirts, pulled one out of the bag and handed one to the seated man who thanked him profusely. I watched him carefully tuck the shirt away into a mostly empty backpack and go back to holding his sign. As the first man started to walk away he said “take care” and the seated man said “I’ll try. I’m just hungry.”
As I walked into Walmart, I passed McDonald’s, and I felt an overwhelming need to help him. I bought two double cheeseburgers, fries and a coke, and walked back across the parking lot to the man. I asked if he was hungry, and he said he was. I tried to hand him the bag, but I think he thought I was mocking him. I said “no, sir… really, have it,” and I set it in his lap. He smiled as I started to turn away. I looked back and told him to be safe. He thought for a moment and said., You know, when you are as far down as I am, you just never know.”
I sat next to him for a minute and said, “You know what, when you hit rock bottom, you can only go up. Things have to get better when they can’t get worse.” He smiled again and said “you know, people keep telling me that. And I have a Good Book that tells me that too.” He shook my hand, said “God bless you, ma’am” and I walked away.
I’ve thought about him all night. I keep praying that he is ok and things will get better for him. It made me think of you and all that you do. I wish I could do more to help but I will continue to do what I can. Thank you for being there for them when the rest of us can’t.