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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Looking Out the Window: The Panhandler and the Lady in the Red Car

I sat in my husband’s Avalon on the I-75 South exit ramp and Highway forty-one in Georgia. The man outside forty feet to the left of me put his black duffle bag and backpack on the snow-covered grass. He got out a cardboard sign that looked as though it had been made from the end of a box. When he held it up, I couldn’t see enough of it to tell if it read, “Will work for food,” “Please help,” or “Need a ride.” He wore a pair of blue jeans, tennis shoes, a beige jacket and a matching cap with ear flaps. I doubted he would be able to stand the frigid, twenty-six-degree temperature for long. But a woman in a sporty, red car stopped in traffic beside him rolled down her window and motioned for him. He hurried to her, leaned down, commenced to point and give directions!

And no, she never put her hand out the window to give him anything!

Just out of curiosity I Googled “The Golden Rule” to see if it still existed. Yep, it’s still around, and the meaning given was basically the same as I had learned -- Do unto others as you would have them do unto you if you were in their circumstances -- I did read that “The Golden Rule” has been accepted by many religions worldwide for centuries. I wondered how the lady in the red vehicle had missed it.

1 Thessalonians 4: 9: “Now about brotherly love we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other.”