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Unexpected Kindness

Author: 
Senior Pastor Bill Hayden
Date Published: 
Friday, February 23, 2018

      Kindness can sometimes surprise you at a time you least expect. Several weeks ago, I went to Starbucks to purchase coffee for the Office Manager and myself. An older lady with an accent was at the counter placing her order with some difficulty. She finally placed her order along with another person in front of me and went to take a seat. 

     I placed my order and went to the cream and sugar counter to wait for my name to be called. Well, for some reason that day they weren’t calling your name to receive your purchases. They choose to call out the name of your coffee selections. People were standing close by to hear their selections called out and one by one they picked up their orders.

     While standing there, I noticed one order still had not been picked up and I looked around and saw the older lady was still sitting in her seat    So I thought, is this her order? I took the order off the counter walked over to her and ask if it was hers and she said, yes. She invited me to sit and have coffee at her table. I thanked her and declined. 

     I was surprised that a stranger would be so kind as to offer to share their table for coffee with me. It was unusual for me because I am usually the person reaching out to others. What was interesting to me was that she wasn’t afraid of who I was. There have been times I have received raised eyebrows because of cultural differences.

     It is very encouraging to meet kind souls and people who are daring to embrace a person from a different ethnic group. Be a game changer in this world of distrust and prejudice by being kind to one another. Hebrews 13:2 NKJV “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing, some have unwittingly entertained angels.”  

     Please feel free to join us this Sunday and sit among angles at the Villages Community Chapel in Cribari Auditorium 10a.m. to be encouraged over the Word, a cup of coffee and cookies. The chapel is a place for needs to be met, faith to be affirmed and people to love.  We would love to meet you. To learn more about the Villages Community Chapel visit our website at Villages Community Chapel | Rejoice in the Lord!