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The Beauty of a Sharing Heart

October 17, 2011

[I read recently an article in which Mark Tidd of Webster, New York, recalled the following experience from his college days:]

A silver-stubbled old man showed up at the back door of the house we were renting. He clutched a wicker basket holding a few unappealing vegetables. He bid us good morning and offered us his produce for sale. We were uneasy enough that we made a quick purchase to alleviate both our pity and our fear.

To our chagrin, he returned the next week, introducing himself as Mr. Roth, the man who lived in the shack down the road. On subsequent visits, he would shuffle in, wearing two mismatched right shoes, and pull out a harmonica. With glassy eyes from cataracts, he set his sight on a future glory as he puffed out old gospel tunes between conversations about vegetables and religion. 

On one visit, he exclaimed, “The Lord is so good! I came out of my shack this morning and found a bag full of shoes and clothing on my porch.”

“That’s wonderful, Mr. Roth!” we said. “We’re happy for you.”

“You know what’s even more wonderful?” he asked. “Just yesterday I met some people that could really use them.”

(Beginning of October 16 sermon)

3 Comments
  1. Dear Anonymous:

    Isn’t it awesome! And how mind-boggling to think that people sail seas like these!

  2. Anonymous permalink

    Thanks for posting the links to Pouch Cove Fergus. Being next to those waves really gives you an appreciation for the power of nature!

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