Broken man, sitting on the road
Mourning for what once was
Jealous of the settled lives rolling by
Longing for a can of forgetfulness or two…
Are the chosen.
The Great One has abandoned his children
Abandoned his saints
And chosen you,
who cannot endure this life,
who must beg for a coat or tent,
who is told where to go and what to do
to bring life to all.
There she was: a Mom with two little munchkins strapped into their seats in the back of the car surrounded by groceries. The hood of her car up. There he was: a tow truck driver parked directly in front of her trying to get her to pay $50 for a jump. Here I am with a set of jumper cables. I walk up to her and say do you know how to use these? She nods. I hand her the cables and pop my hood and then pull in beside her. She hands me the other end of the cables and I make the hook up and she turns the key and varoom the engine comes to life. We disconnect; she thanks me and drives away.
Tow truck driver comes to me and says I owe him $50…….I started laughing, put the hood down, put the cables away and drove off.
Today I was at the Laundromat. So as the clothes were doing their thing I was outside sucking up some vitamin D. As I stared out across the parking lot I noticed a guy walking to a pick up truck carrying a 5 gallon can of gas. The driver of the truck was smoking and the young man opens the door and hands the driver the can,and as he does this, I notice that the can only has a spout and no lid. The young man takes his seat and the can is on his lap and the spout is pointing towards the driver and the young man produces a cigarette and leans towards the driver who lights the cigarette with his lighter as they both pull out into traffic and speed away…
And that ladies and gentlemen, is a demonstration of God’s abundant grace and Mercy.
this day I forgot about loving you
and did that which made you turn your face away from me.
I do love you, Lord.
It’s just sometimes I put you in the smallest part of my thoughts.
Restore yourself in my mind.
this day what I wanted was more important to me
than my neighbor’s needs.
Remind me that when I love my neighbor,
I am loving you.
this day I thought that I needed to harm the one against me.
I forgot that even my enemy was made in your image
and that to hurt them is to hurt you.
Give me the strength to apologize
(even though I don’t think they deserve my apology).
Give me humility.
So I had just finished my Wednesday meeting of the Brethren and on my way home when I saw an old friend walk into a store. So I pulled over and went in the store. At the front of the store there are some tables and chairs kind of and impromptu coffee/tea thingy. So we sat down and started catching up.
Well about 5 minutes into the conversation, this little boy of about 3 or 4 years, is climbing into my lap and then nestles up to my chest. No word spoken, my friend smiles and continues.
A minute goes by and another little boy a shade older pushes a chair over climbs up and then leans against my side. My friend says, “Are these your grand kids?” and I say “Well, I guess they are now.”
Our conversation continues when a young man in his late 20s comes into the store with a look of desperation in his eyes, and then he sees the boys and says, “Where have you been? Your mother is worried sick.”
The boy on my lap turns and says matter-of-factly, “Why we have been with Grandpa.”
Dad is between anger and relief and I said to the boys, “Next time, tell your mom where you’re are going okay?”
The older says, “Then she will say we can’t because Grandpa is dead……”
Out of the mouths of babes…….
A moment later there was a young woman standing in the door staring at me. I stood up went over and said “Good Morning, I am Grandpa.”
This created a contorted smile, a sob, and a 2 minute hug and then and invite to come back. So I gave her a card so she could call me anytime. Because Grandpas, like God, are on call 24/7.