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The Dale-y Word

Fill ‘er Up!

by Rev. Duchess Dale

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.” Saint Basil

Recently, I went to fill my car with gasoline at Smith’s so I could use my member’s rewards for a discount. For some (at that time) inexplicable reason, the machine kept invalidating my number and after a few attempts, I decided it was not meant to be. As I turned away, right behind me was a disheveled man in a wheel chair attached to a catheter bag. “Excuse me, can you spare some money I am trying to meet my $40 co-pay.” I had not dissolved my frustration fog and I proceeded to tell him I don’t carry cash and was just unable to use my debit card. “Anything would help, even $2.00.” I went to my car to look at what I had in the parking meter cubby and only found two dimes which I offered. “I wouldn’t want to take that from you.” In that moment, the better angels of my nature flew in to uplift me and I offered him a prayer instead. He asked me the name of my church and I explained I was non-denominational minister. Beyond what I sensed what his uncertainty, I proceeded to pray for his well-being; for him to know God as source and supply; to have his needs easily met in safety, wholeness and peace. When I completed the prayer, I looked at him not sure what to expect. Once again, he surprised me and said, “That was some incredible prayer. Who are you?” I introduced myself and asked his name. “Bill.” We shook hands just as the man next to us filling up his car on the other aisle reached in and handed Bill $2.00. Bill said thank you and brightly turned to me, “See? It’s working already.” We shared a high-five and went on our way.

I left the gas station knowing why I had been sent there. It was not as I intended to fill up my gas tank but instead, to top off my humanity.

Affirm: God is the one true Source.I am rich in the Spirit. I am full to overflowing with the goodness of God everywhere.

Rev. Duchess Dale

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