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I made a homeless woman cry...

Friday, November 22, 2013

The other day as I was wandering aimlessly around downtown Denver, I was approached by a homeless woman. (This is nothing unusual - I seem to be very approachable to those down on their luck, and rarely do I keep walking...I will listen to their story)

She told me she liked my bag, and said to me "Please, please don't be mean to me." She then asked me about the necklace I was wearing. It is a small silver envelope that opens. She asked if it was a locket and if I had anything in it. I told her that no, it was not a locket, but it did open and that it held a message from my parents. I opened it for her and she read the message "Dear daughter, I was never as blessed as the day you were born. I love you."
She looked at me with tears in her eyes and asked if my parents were still alive. I said that yes, they were. She asked if I appreciated them. I responded that I did more than words could say. With tears flowing down her cheeks, she told me that both of her parents passed about 6 years ago, and she never got to tell them how much they meant to her.

She then asked if I had any money, which of course, I didn't (I don't usually carry cash or change), and before I could offer to take her to the McDonald's down the street and buy her lunch, she touched me on the arm, told me it was OK, that I gave her more than money, and walked away.

I looked down at my phone, and when I looked back up, she was gone - I never did find this woman again. I do believe that she was sent to me for a reason. I believe she was sent to me to remind me that no matter what is going on in my day, there is always something to be thankful for.
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    Your story reminds me of how we may be entertaining angles unaware.
    The fact that you stopped and spoke with this woman shows the love of Jesus.
    What a wonderful reminder of the meaning behind your necklace. These very words shared from your parent's heart to you, is a wonderful reminder that you are very loved.

    1674 days ago
    So sweet and yes we need to keep being thankful.
    1674 days ago
    Nice story!! Am glad the two of you helped each other out emotionally/thoughtfully.
    1674 days ago
    I think it's wonderful that you listen to the stories of homeless people. A few days ago, in one of my classes, we were talking about how everyone has a story and people were sharing their encounters and many of the students kept referring to homeless people as "bums." I thought it was so rude. What those students don't realize is that they can be in that person's shoes in any point in time and a lot of times, it has nothing to do with laziness or drugs and even if drugs play a role, there is a reason why. I guess I just found it scary that those students are studying psychology and could potentially become counselors later on in life. Everyone is human and everyone has worth. It's good to know there are others who care. :)
    1675 days ago
    Wow! I have given to some poor people. I listen to the Holy Ghost about it so that I am not giving to someone who is fibbing for money for other things. Most of the time God gives me the go ahead. I love giving to those in need.
    1675 days ago
    That was so very touching. I appreciate you sharing it with us.

    Have a great weekend.

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    1675 days ago

    wow, isn't this wonderful, and it is SO how God works in the world.
    Great story.

    Love, Ginger
    1675 days ago
    That's such a sweet story. You were blessed and so was the lady....and so were we by hearing it. Thanks for sharing.
    1675 days ago
    That touched my heart too. I agree that was meant for you!
    Sometimes, when I see someone begging for food beside the road, I go get them something to eat and maybe give them a little money.
    1675 days ago
    Amazing story! Made me cry!
    1675 days ago
  • WENDIBIRD10477
    I hate when people discard the homeless as simple drug addicts and lazy. It just breaks my heart when people are rude to someone just because they ask for money.
    Who says any one of us won't find ourselves in that position at some time in our lives.
    I believe that every human deserves to be given the time of day. We should not let someone's circumstance dictate our judgement of another person.
    1675 days ago
    I agree with bamajam. Very touching and that you spent some time talking to her obviously meant a lot to her.
    1675 days ago
    Beautiful story, thank you.
    1675 days ago
    What a touching story. Indeed, your necklace is a treasure!
    Giving this woman your attention was a very kind gesture...
    Acts of kindness matter so very much-- in this busy ol world of ours.
    1675 days ago
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