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Gwenda
27-11-06, 00:35
The following story appeared in this month's edition of our Church magazine. I think it is lovely and hope you enjoy it.

A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his bag with some biscuits and a can of pop and he started his journey.

When he had gone about three blocks, he met an elderly man. The man was sitting in the park just feeding some pigeons. The boy sat down next to him and opened his bag. He was about to take a drink when he noticed that the man looked hungry, so he offered him one of his biscuits. The main gratefully accepted it and smiled at the boy. His smile was so pleasant that the boy wanted to see it agin, so he offered him a drink from his can of pop. Again the man smiled at him. The boy was delighted. They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word.

As it grew dark, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave, but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the man and gave him a hug. The man gave him his biggest smile ever.

When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, "What did you do today that made you so happy?" He replied, "I had lunch with God." Before his mother could respond, he added, "You know what? God's got the most beautiful smile I've ever seen!"

Meanwhile, the elderly man, also radiant with joy, returned to his home. His son was stunned by the look of peace on his face and he asked, "Dad, what did you do today that made you so happy?" He replied, "I ate biscuits in the park with God". However, before his son responded, he added, "You know, He's much younger than I expected."

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. Embrace all equally!

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sune
27-11-06, 09:18
In reality we teach our children not to speak to strangers, especially old men in parks, and with good reason.

Sune

Gwenda
27-11-06, 10:43
Point taken Sune. But I really think that story was probably written in the good old days before reality.