Saturday, November 8, 2008


A little boy wanted to meet God.

He knew it was a long trip to where God
lived, so he packed his suitcase with a bag of potato
chips and a six-pack of root beer
and started his journey.

When he had gone about three blocks,
he met an old woman. She was sitting in
the park, just staring at some pigeons.

The boy sat down next to her and opened his suitcase.
He was about to take a drink from
his root beer when he noticed that the old lady
looked hungry, so he offered her some chips.

She gratefully accepted it and smiled at him.
Her smile was so pretty that the boy wanted
to see it again, so he offered her a rootbeer.

Again, she smiled at him. The boy was delighted.

They sat there all afternoon eating
and smiling, but they never said a word.

As twilight approached, the boy realized how tired he was and
he got up to leave; but before he had gone more than a
a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the old woman,
and gave her a hug. She gave him her 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."

But before his mother could respond, he added,
"You know what?
She's got the most beautiful smile I've ever seen."

Meanwhile, the old woman, also radiant
with joy, returned to her home.

Her son was stunned by the look of peace on her face and he asked,
"Mother, what did you do today that made you so happy?"

She replied,
"I ate potato chips in the park with God."

However, before her son responded, she 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.

Have lunch with God. And bring chips.


Wanda said...

I meet people like that at the store that bring a smile to my face and warm feeling to my heart. I try to be like that if only I can bring a second of that to their life it make's me smile.

Nancy said...

That was nice.