Saturday, June 12, 2010


It was a frigid Sunday morning. The parking lot to the church was filling up quickly. I noticed as I got out of my car that fellow church members were whispering with each other as they walked to the church.

As I got closer, I saw a man sitting against the wall outside the church. He was almost laying down, as if he were asleep. He had on an old crumpled coat with the hood over his head that was pulled down so you could not see his face. He had a blanket wrapped around his legs, and a much used coffee cup in front of him for anyone that would put change into it.

I assumed this man was homeless, and asleep, so I walked on by through the doors of the church. We began to fellowship and someone brought up the man laying outside. People snickered but no one put money in his cup much less bothered to ask him to come in, including me. A few moments later church began. We all waited for the minister to take his place and the service to begin.

When the doors to the church opened, in came the homeless man walking slowly down the aisle with his head down. People gasped and whispered and made faces. He made his way down the aisle. But he didn't take a seat, he kept going to the pulpit and pulled down the hood and took off his coat.

My heart sank. There stood our minister. He was the "homeless man." No one said a word. The minister took his Bible and laid it on the stand.

"Folks, I don't think I have to tell you what I am preaching about today."

~ Author Unknown ~


mamasita said...

hahaha..but in Malaysia, its never going to be that surprising story.
I have a younger brother whos always having financial problems and for so many years. Well, at least my sister and I try to help him financially monthly. If we brothers and sisters find him repelling, what about others right? My other siblings who can help ignore him. Those siblings who can't can't. So what more if they happen to be dirty-looking beggars?
So the church minister was wrong..its a normal human behaviour!

masterwordsmith said...

Dear Datin

Lovely to hear from you again! I still remember reading the post you wrote about your brother and how you helped him.

May you continue to show love and kindness to those around you!

Here's wishing you a wonderful time with your family during the holiday season.