You may have already heard this on the news, but if not, it is a heart warming story about a shop owner in New York, who last May was surprised by a would be robber, wielding a baseball bat as he ordered the man to give him money from the register. Instead of the shop owner handing the money over as he had been told to do, he pulled out a weapon of his own. A pistol! The robber dropped to his knees, begging for his life, and tearfully told the shop keeper that he was desperate, out of work, his family was hungry and that he only wanted food to feed his family. The shop owner then did an extraordinary thing. He took 40.00 dollars out of the register, and gave it to the man, along with a loaf of bread, and after saying a blessing on him, sent the man on his way. No one was hurt, and time went along as normal. Then, 7 months later, the shop owner received a letter in the mail. It was from this would be robber, and it told of how this incident several months earlier changed, and quite possibly, saved his life. He said he now had a good paying job, had another child on the way, and he was forever grateful for the act of kindness the shop keeper bestowed upon him. Inside the envelope was 50.00 dollars cash. 40.00 to repay the original debt, and 10.00 for the interest.
This Christmas, see if you can make a small difference in someone's life who is less fortunate than you. It doesn't have to be a big thing. Pay for the order of the car in line behind you, just because. Bring a hot cup of coffee to someone cold. Take out your neighbors trash cans who can no longer get around with ease.
I loved this story in a day where all around us, in the news, we hear sad things. The world IS a good place. And there ARE good people. Look around...you will see.