Monday, March 11, 2013

Kindness of Strangers

   Gloria was a Filipina alone in Louisville, Kentucky.  She found a job at a local bank.  The break room had a fridge with an ice maker, a microwave oven to warm her bagged lunch and a table for four.  She ate alone most of the time.  She guessed from their initial reaction the American employees could not stand the sight and smell of her Filipino cuisine.  She told them the shrimp heads tasted better than lobster.  Nobody believed her.  In more than three hundred employees spread out in five floors of that building she found one good friend, Gail.

   When Gloria went ill she told Gail about her scheduled surgery.

   “So who’s going with you?  You can’t drive to and from surgery” Gail asked.

   “I’m taking a cab.”

   “What?  No!  You need someone to be there with you.  I’m not going to let you do this alone.  I’m requesting for a vacation on that day.  I will pick you up at your place to drive you to the hospital and take you back home the next morning.”

   Before she could say anything Gail added “I don’t know why but I have a strong feeling that God wants me to do this for you.  You can’t say no.”

   Gail was there for her during the most frightening experience of her life.  She held her hand in the prep room while she was anesthetized.  She stayed outside the operating room till Gloria came out of it and was wheeled into her room.  She stayed with her till late afternoon and came back for her the next morning to take her home.  Gloria saw God’s love for her in Gail’s compassion and kindness.

   When she lost her job due to her illness, Gloria found a new friend in Margarita.  Margarita took her to out of state conventions, toured and hang out with her in the mall.  In her last medical procedure Margarita drove her and took her home. They enjoyed the preaching work together. 

   Gail is a blond beautiful American and Margarita is a lovely woman from Mexico.

   Like the Good Samaritan story in the Bible where the wounded Jew did not find kindness in his own race (Luke 10:30-36), God chose to send Gloria kindness from strangers.  The Bible states there will be a new nation (Revelation 7:9) composed of different tribes, tongues and peoples.

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