Saints in Unexpected Places

We were eating lunch in the Food Court of the local mall, and Abby had wandered off to prepare for leaving.  I had told her that I would clear the table and meet her near the exit.  Just then, a smiling Asian man approached and asked if he could clear the table for me.  Startled, I stuttered that I was about to do that, but he offered once again to complete the task for me.

I smiled my thanks, and he removed the dishes.  As he turned toward the trash can, he looked me in the face and said, “God bless you.”  Then he was gone, and I was left wondering.

Was this a gift of love from God?  Was he an angel sent to assist?  Or was he simply, as are all of us, a saint on safari, sharing love and grace with another saint on the journey? 

How simple a gift.  Yet it has left me with a sense of warmth and comfort.  His blessing, unexpected and joyfully bestowed, was a reminder of God’s love.  Receiving it, I was strengthened for my own struggles and encouraged on my personal path.


About Rev. Carol Crawford Rowe

Mother of two, Grandmother of six, Widow of two, Sister, Daughter, Friend, Minister and follower of Jesus Christ, Author, Lover of Life, Avid Reader, RN, Nurse Educator and Psychiatric Nurse, Retired Pastor, still in active ministry in the marketplace.
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