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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 treasure.
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, "Jesus loves you, and that's all that matters." He looked directly at me and for a just a moment, his eyes brightened. I smiled and handed him money and said, "God Bless you sir."
He seemed shocked, and overwhelmed, perhaps both. I believe that the first encounter, with the rude man 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 never expect 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, "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."
After my husband’s comment, I realized how sad, yet profound his statement was concerning the "norm" these days. Ostensibly, on the other side of the "norm" 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 kind behavior over the "norm."
I looked at my husband and said, "At the very least, he heard that Jesus loves him..."
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