It is always a sensitive moment for me when a less fortunate stranger asks for money in a public place. I have my own view about how and when I chose to give. However sometimes its something about the moment that makes me pause, something about the person that makes me ponder and something about the outcome that I become thankful for. First let me say that I pray not to judge anyone for the situation they are in. Who are we to do such a thing when it can very well be us in that situation.
So yesterday a young man approached me after watching me from a distance. He surprised me because he knew who I was. He knew that I used to be a teacher at the school he attended and more importantly he was the nephew of a very close friend of my that passed years ago. I was shocked to see that he was homeless and hungry. So in that moment, I felt a connection to my friend who had passed and I felt that by helping his nephew, I was actually speaking to and honoring my late friend. I feel bad for the nephew and his current lot in life but I was able to have a moment to feel the spirit of my good friend who was gone to soon.
So my point is, sometimes being charitable helps you more then the person you helped.
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