By Mark Edgemon
Inspired by a comment from Frank Hoffman

A minister of an influential congregation, walked along the walk way, heading toward his church, when an homeless woman approached him and asked him for some help. She said she was hungry and needed better clothes because the ones she had on were thread bare and smelled. She said most of all, she wanted to talk to someone who could show her the way to God.

The affluent minister was angry and felt she was playing upon his sympathy. "Woman," he exclaimed with great indignation, "Do you realize you're standing on church property. Leave or I'll have you arrested!"

She just stood there, to tired to move and so he went inside the church and called the police. In minutes, the police showed up and arrested the woman, driving off with her in handcuffs.

As he left that afternoon, he saw a cocker spaniel who had not eaten for days and had matted hair over her eyes, so that she couldn't see. True to form, he called the pound, who came out and took the little dog to their unit to put her to sleep.

When he got home later that day, a policeman was standing in front of his palatial home waiting for him. As he walked up to the policeman, he asked what seemed to be the problem. The policeman told him he was under arrest. The minister asked on what charge and the policeman said for fraud. The minister asked who swore out the complaint and the policeman said, God! Before the minister could remark that the policeman was insane, the minister fell to the ground and died of a massive heart attack...also known as a cardiac arrest. The angel, who was in the image of the policeman, transfigured and left for his next assignment.

Moral: Opportunities to help are not just opportunities to do good...they're validations of who you are.

Copyright 2008 Mark Edgemon

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