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
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 trouble?"
"This lady brought this man in here to be fed," the policeman answered.
"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 youso. 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 street?" "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 weekly meetings?"
"What business is that of yours?" I, sir, am Penelope Eddy, president
and CEO of the company."
"Oh." 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." n, perhaps, a
cup of coffee to go?"
"Yes, ma'am. That would be very nice."
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 all
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,
"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, I 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
"Don't thank me," the woman answered. "To God goes the glory. 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
something that I will never forget. And...And thank you for the
If you have missed knowing me, you have missed nothing. If you have
missed some of my emails,
you might have missed a laugh. But, if you have missed knowing your
God, 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 let go,only 1 of 2 things will happen,
either He'll catch you when you fall, or
He'll teach you how to fly! 'The power of one
sentence! God is going to shift things around for
you today and let things work in your favor. If
you believe, send it.
God closes doors no man can open & God opens doors no man can
close.. If you need God to open, some doors for you...send this on.
Have a blessed day and remember to be a blessing...