A Circle of Giving


Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. – Deuteronomy 15:10

Mrs. Jones, who once was the C.E.O. of a major fortune five hundred company, recently retired, and has been spending her days in the rural area of Duvall County, Florida.  One night, as she was driving home in a terrible thunderstorm, from a dinner party hosted by some close friends, Mrs. Jones’ rear tires went flat.  She tried calling road side assistance, but was unable to receive a signal.

Then lights from a big truck drove behind her and parked.  A man got out of the truck and walked toward the driver side door.  When he approached he said, “Ma’am I noticed you have two flat tires, and if you are willing I can help you.  Just sit back and try staying dry.  This should only take me ten to fifteen minutes.”  When fifteen minutes were completed the man came to the driver side window and told Mrs. Jones that he was finished and she could leave.  Mrs. Jones tried to give the man money for his work, but he refused.  She then asked if she could at least know his name, and he said “my name is Henry. Get home safely ma’am.”

Mrs. Jones saw a diner and decided to stop for a piece of pie and a cup of hot chocolate.  Her waitress was very friendly, and Mrs. Jones found it easy to talk to her.  In conversing with the waitress Mrs. Jones found out her name was Karen, she has been married for twelve years, have three children, is pregnant with twins, and being a waitress is a means due to being recently laid off from her career.  After speaking with Karen, Mrs. Jones gave Karen a twenty dollar bill and asked for the check and receipt.  When Karen came back to Mrs. Jones’ table she noticed that Mrs. Jones had left.  As she began clearing off the table she noticed a napkin under the plate that said open me.  When Karen opened the napkin she saw a check for five thousand dollars, and a note on the napkin stating, “You serve people every night.  Someone helped me tonight, and now I’m helping you.”

A few hours later Karen’s husband came to pick her up from work.  He went to open the door for Karen and help her into the truck, and she gave him the biggest hug she has ever given him.  He asked “what was that for?”, and she said, “I love you, and for always trusting that God will make a way. Thank you Henry for being who you are.”