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Topic: Expect (07/11/13)
TITLE: THE "NORM"
By C D Swanson
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My husband had to pick up some items and I opted to wait in the car. While enjoying the sun on my face, I took note of the various individuals trailing in and out of the store. Some looked happy, some appeared to be in a great rush, and others were walking while texting not watching where they were walking. One such individual banged into a man and nearly toppled him over in the process. The individual kept walking and texting, not so much as an acknowledgment or apology to the man. I was so upset, and what made it more difficult was that the man was homeless. He had a shopping cart with bottles, and various items, that appeared to be useless...but to this man a <i>treasure.</i>
I walked to him and asked if he were okay. He nodded silently and began to walk away, but before he could I touched his arm and told him,<i> "Jesus loves you, and that's all that matters."</i> He looked directly at me and for a just a moment, his eyes brightened. I smiled and handed him money and said, <i>"God Bless you sir."</i>
He seemed shocked, and overwhelmed, perhaps both. I believe that the first encounter, with the <i>rude man</i> was something he'd learned to expect...and, so he was unaffected by it. However, my behavior was completely unpredictable. It was something he'd <i>never expect</i> and that's why his eyes brightened. Albeit, for a very brief moment, nonetheless they did.
My husband came out as I was wiping tears away. Alarmed, he had asked what was wrong, so I explained what had transpired while he was shopping.
He was sickened by what he'd heard and said, <i>"isn't it a shame that a rude gesture is the "norm," and something he's come to expect. Yet, an genuine act of kindness is outside of what he expects."</i>
After my husband’s comment, I realized how sad, yet profound his statement was concerning the <i> "norm"</i> these days. Ostensibly, on the other side of the <i>"norm"</i> being Christians, we firmly believe that there are others carrying out Jesus' work of kindness and love. That somehow that homeless man will encounter a kind act again, and come to expect <i>kind</i> behavior over the <i>"norm."</i>
I looked at my husband and said, <i>"At the very least, he heard that Jesus loves him..."</i>
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