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    Tea and Dignity

    There's still good in the world—and good people—as a morning at my favourite coffee shop showed me. November 21, 2018 by Morgan Hillier
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    Photo: © Ingimage.com
    As part of my morning routine that day, I made my way to my favourite coffee shop for a coffee and bagel. Little did I expect to see humanity at its finest at my local Tim Hortons.

    Words Into Action
    While I sat in my corner seat scanning social media, my attention was captured by an elderly woman who walked in the door.

    As I watched her sit down, it was obvious she didn’t have much. Her clothing was torn and dirty and she was carrying a bag, probably containing all of her worldly possessions. The woman’s sad-looking face touched my heart.

    As she sat there staring at the coins in her hand, I felt the need to connect with her and offer to buy her something. But before I could, an amazing thing happened.

    Two ladies who were sitting across the aisle from her got up and asked if they could join her. They then proceeded to buy her tea and a sandwich.

    As they sat and chatted with her, I saw an amazing transformation take place in the woman’s face and demeanour. She started smiling and laughing as the three chatted.

    Before they all left, the two ladies gave the elderly woman some money for a bus ticket and another meal. They exchanged hugs and all three went on their way.

    I don’t know if any of the three were people of faith or not but what the two women did for the third was a wonderful example of the Bible’s Matthew 25:35, in which Jesus says, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.”

    Jesus’ words had been put into action in front of my eyes.

    I came away realizing that there is still goodness in this world—but only if we make it so. Be kind to someone today, do a good deed, make a difference. Put Jesus’ words into action.

    Sometimes, all it takes is a cup of tea—or, in my case, a double-double.

    Captain Morgan Hillier is a Salvation Army corps officer (pastor) serving in Botwood, N.L.

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    On Wednesday, November 21, 2018, Sandra Thomas said:

    What a wonderful Christlike that you were privileged to witness!

     

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