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JESUS AT THE WALMART

Some time ago at the local Walmart
a young woman was standing at the self-checkout 
with a cart full of groceries, sobbing her eyes
out.  The store was crowded.  No one
paid any attention.  I was passing by, 
and I stopped. She was distraught--
her credit card, denied.  I asked how much,
and happened to have the cash to pay
her tab.  She said, "You don't have to do that,"
and I said, "Yes, I do."  A Walmart employee
pitched in the few pennies I lacked, and I 
was on my way, marveling at the line of folks 
that saw her distress, and looked away.

Today I was in the local Walmart, 
counting my cash until the Government eagle
flies into my checking in a day or so.
When it was time to pay, I found I had
left my wallet on the seat of my car (something
I am prone to do in these absent-minded
years.) I asked the checker to put my cart
aside while I went back to my car.

She said, "He wants to pay for you," and I 
turned around to face a forty-something man
in the queue behind me.  I said, astonished,  
"You don't have to do this." He responded, (unsmiling) 
"I know I don't have to do this," at which I said, 
"Hug," and put my arms around him, saying
"You will get this back in spades, you know. It's
called Karma."  He said, "Pay it forward..."

Random acts of kindness:  Jesus
at the Walmart."

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  1. Date: 7/27/2015 3:42:00 PM

    Amen lovely story

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