Have you ever heard a song “What If God Was One of Us” by Joan Osborne? It was a major hit nominated for three Grammy awards. With the lyrics “What if God was one of us? Just a slob like one of us? Just a stranger on the bus, tryin’ to make his way home.”, it was a song which urged people to change their world view, to change their stand.
Sometimes, a small act of kindness can change someone’s life and all we need to do is to see that need, to notice people around us because maybe that God looking for his way home may be in the person sitting next to you on a bus or a homeless man in need of coffee, which is exactly the experience a young woman named Casey Fischer went through.
As she was sitting at Dunkin’ Donuts, drinking coffee, she noticed a homeless man picking up change on the side of the road. The man entered the coffee shop counting his change.
Fisher started talking to him, much to his annoyance and noticed that he had $1 total and decided to buy him a cup of coffee and a bagel, insisting that they sit together and chat.
While talking to the man, Fisher learned that his name was Chris. He told her that people would stay away from him or yell at him because he was homeless. He told her that drugs turned him into a man he hated and added that after his mother’s death due to cancer, all he really wanted was to still make her proud of him.
It was after a while that Fisher noticed the two had been talking for over an hour and she had to head back to class. Before she left, Chris wrote a note to her on a crumpled receipt, gave it to her and left.
When she read the note, she realized what she had done was more than just a bagel, coffee and a nice chat. The note read:
I wanted to kill myself today…because of u I now do not. Thank u, beautiful person.
So, what if God really walked among us? Would be we able to see Him today? Would we offer him a helpful hand?
This story certainly made me want to be more aware of who is around me and offer help any time I have a minute or two to spare. Share this story, help make the world a better place!