Angel or Beggar?
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Angel, or Beggar?
by Teri Starbuck
"Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares." (Hebrews 13:2).
My son, daughter and I had traveled over to Medford for one of my son's baseball games. Afterwards we were on our way to a restaurant called the Apple Peddler for a quick dinner before heading back home to Klamath Falls. On the way to the restaurant Ryan, Tosha and I talked about that verse in the Bible that instructs us to be kind to all strangers because you never know when you might be entertaining angels. We agreed that we do believe in angels because God created them. We also were in agreement that God is the one and only God, and that we pray to God, not to angels.
As we walked up to the door of the restaurant, there was a man sitting on the ground by the door. He was dressed in shredded, dirty clothes, and had matted hair and a beard. He smiled up at us, and we saw that he had missing teeth, but that his eyes seemed to be glowing a bright crystal blue. I got shivers up my spine. We walked past him to go inside. Ryan turned around to look at him, and he said, "Mom, can we buy him dinner? He looks so hungry!" I said ok. The restaurant was very busy, but we told the waitress to let him have a table by himself, and to let him order anything off of the menu he wanted, and to give me the bill. Ryan went out to get him, and brought him inside. The man had tears in his eyes and his bottom lip was trembling. The restaurant manager went to him and roughly told him to get out! Ryan got in his face, and said that he was with us, and we are paying his bill!
As we ate our dinner, we noticed that the man was thoroughly engrossed in savoring each and every bite of his dinner. He had a bowl of hot steaming soup, a chicken and dumplings dinner, and a big hot piece of apple pie with ice cream melting on top for dessert! He must have drunk four tall glasses of milk and four cups of hot coffee, too.
Others in there were staring at him, pointing and giving him dirty looks, but he never noticed! We finished at the same time and after I paid we all walked out together. He stopped right outside the door and smiled at us, his eyes sparkling! He said, “ Thank you, thank you, thank you so much. God bless you.”
We took just two steps towards our car, and turned around to wave goodbye, but he was gone. No where in sight could we find him in that great big parking lot with a big open field next to it! He just vanished into thin air!
Hum, an old beggar, or an angel? Ever since then both my children have a soft spot in their hearts for people like that, and they always give them food when it’s possible.
I believe God sent an angel to prove His point to be kind to all strangers, because you never know when you might be entertaining angels!
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