Good morning said a woman as she
walked up to the man sitting on ground.
The man slowly looked up.
This was a woman clearly accustomed to the finer things of life. Her
coat was new.. She looked like she had never missed a meal in her life.
His first thought was that she wanted to make fun of him, like so
many others had done before.. "Leave me alone," he growled....
To his amazement, the woman continued standing.
She was smiling -- her even white teeth displayed in dazzling
rows. "Are you hungry?" she asked.
"No," he answered sarcastically. "I've just come from dining with
the president. Now go away."
The woman's smile became even broader. Suddenly the man felt a
gentle hand under his arm.
"What are you doing, lady?" the man asked angrily. "I said to
leave me alone.
Just then a policeman came up. "Is there any problem, ma'am?" he asked..
"No problem here, officer," the woman answered. "I'm just trying
to get this man to his feet. Will you help me?"
The officer scratched his head. "That's old Jack. He's been a
fixture around here for a couple of years. What do you want with him?"
"See that cafeteria over there?" she asked. "I'm going to get him
something to eat and get him out of the cold for awhile."
"Are you crazy, lady?" the homeless man resisted. "I don't want
to go in there!" Then he felt strong hands grab his other arm and lift
him up. "Let me go, officer. I didn't do anything."
"This is a good deal for you, Jack"
the officer answered. "Don't blow it."
Finally, and with some difficulty, the woman and the police officer got
Jack into the cafeteria and sat him at a table in a remote corner. It
was the middle of the morning, so most of the breakfast crowd had
already left and the lunch bunch had not yet arrived...
The manager strode across the cafeteria and stood by his table. "What's
going on here, officer?" he asked. "What is all this, is this man in
"This lady brought this man in here to be fed," the policeman
"Not in here!" the manager replied angrily. "Having a person like
that here is bad for business.."
Old Jack smiled a toothless grin. "See, lady. I told you so. Now
if you'll let me go. I didn't want to come here in the first place."
The woman turned to the cafeteria manager and smiled... "Sir, are
you familiar with Eddy and Associates, the banking firm down the
"Of course I am," the manager answered impatiently. "They hold
their weekly meetings in one of my banquet rooms."
"And do you make a goodly amount of money providing food at these
"What business is that of yours?"
I, sir, am Penelope Eddy, president and CEO of the company."
The woman smiled again. "I thought that might make a difference." She
glanced at the cop who was busy stifling a giggle. "Would you like to
join us in a cup of coffee and a meal, officer?"
"No thanks, ma'am," the officer replied. "I'm on duty."
"Then, perhaps, a cup of coffee to go?"
"Yes, mam. That would be very
The cafeteria manager turned on his heel, "I'll get your coffee
for you right away, officer."
The officer watched him walk away. "You certainly put him in his
place," he said.
"That was not my intent. Believe it or not, I have a reason for
She sat down at the table across from her amazed dinner guest.
She stared at him intently.. "Jack, do you remember me?"
Old Jack searched her face with his old, rheumy eyes. "I think so -- I
mean you do look familiar."
"I'm a little older perhaps," she said. "Maybe I've even filled out more
than in my younger days when you worked here, and I came through that
very door, cold and hungry."
"Ma'am?" the officer said questioningly. He couldn't believe
that such a magnificently turned out woman could ever have been hungry.
"I was just out of college," the woman began. "I had come to the
city looking for a job, but I couldn't find anything. Finally I was
down to my last few cents and had been kicked out of my apartment. I
walked the streets for days. It was February and I was cold and nearly
starving. I saw this place and walked in on the off chance that I could
get something to eat."
Jack lit up with a smile. "Now I remember," he said. "I was
behind the serving counter. You came up and asked me if you could work
for something to eat. I said that it was against company policy."
"I know," the woman continued. "Then you made me the biggest
roast beef sandwich that I had ever seen, gave me a cup of coffee, and
told me to go over to a corner table and enjoy it. I was afraid that
you would get into trouble... Then, when I looked over and saw you put
the price of my food in the cash register, I knew then that everything
would be all right."
"So you started your own business?" Old Jack said.
"I got a job that very afternoon. I worked my way up. Eventually
I started my own business that, with the help of God, prospered." She
opened her purse and pulled out a business card.. "When you are finished
here, I want you to pay a visit to a Mr. Lyons...He's the personnel
director of my company. I'll go talk to him now and I'm certain he'll
find something for you to do around the office." She smiled. "I think
he might even find the funds to give you a little advance so that you
can buy some clothes and get a place to live until you get on your
feet... If you ever need anything, my door is always opened to you."
There were tears in the old man's eyes. "How can I ever thank
you?" he said.
"Don't thank me," the woman answered.
"To God goes the glory. Thank Jesus... He led me to you."
Outside the cafeteria, the officer and the woman paused at the
entrance before going their separate ways...
"Thank you for all your help, officer," she said.
"On the contrary, Ms. Eddy," he answered. "Thank you. I saw a
miracle today, something that I will never forget. And..And thank you
for the coffee."
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If you have missed some of my emails, you might have missed a
But, if you have missed knowing my
Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, you have missed everything in the world.
Have a Wonderful Day. May God Bless You Always and don't forget that
when you "cast your bread upon the waters," you never know how it will
be returned to you..
God is so big He can cover the whole
world with his Love and so small He can curl up inside your heart..
When God leads you to the edge of the cliff, trust Him fully and
Only 1 of 2 things will happen, either He'll catch you when you fall, or
He'll teach you how to fly!
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God is going to shift things around for you today and let things
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