Kindness to a Stranger: Pay a Gift Forward with Gratitude

There I was at the local laundry mat – dirty and covered with paint. I stuffed an oversized bedspread to be washed in their extra large washer and was 4 quarters short.

Fourteen quarters now for a single wash.

“I’m four quarters short,” I exclaimed to a attractive and well dressed young woman. “I’m running home to get more money in case anybody wants to know why this bedspread is in here unwashed.”

“How much do you need?” she asked.

“Four quarters” was my reply.

Kindly and without hesitation, she handed me the money and said, “Here’s the money. No sense in running home.”

I was a total stranger. Embarrassingly, I introduced myself and thanked her for her generosity. She said her name was Susan, and she was just washing a few things and waiting on her son to finish playing ball.

When I got in my car, I found four quarters in my cup holder. I tried to catch Susan, but she had pulled away. On the back of her car was the sign of the cross.

I will repay her with gratitude. I will hold her name up to God and give thanks for her kindness to a stranger – dirty and covered with paint.

And when I pay her gift forward, I will never forget Susan who showed such kindness to a stranger. Christ lives indeed!

I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.
Matthew 25:40


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