Beloved, let us love one
another: for love is of God;
and every one that loveth is
born of God, and knoweth
God.
He that loveth not knoweth
not God; for God is love.
                    1 John 4:7,8
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       Breakfast at McDonald's

This is a good story and is true, please read it all the way through to the end!

I am a mother of three (ages 14, 12, 3) and have recently completed my college
degree.

The last class I had to take was Sociology.  The teacher was absolutely
inspiring with the qualities that I wish every human being had been graced
with.  Her last project of the the term was called, 'Smile.'  The class was asked
to go out and smile at three people and document their reactions.

I am a very friendly person and always smile at everyone and say hello anyway.  
So, I thought this would be a piece of cake, literally.

Soon after we were assigned the project, my husband, youngest son, and I
went out to McDonald's one crisp March morning.  It was just our way of
sharing special playtime with our son.  We were standing in line, waiting to be
served, when all of a sudden everyone around us began to back away, and
then even my husband did.

I did not move an inch...an overwhelming feeling of panic welled up inside of
me as I turned to see why they had all moved.

As I turned around I smelled a horrible 'dirty body' smell, and there standing
behind me were two poor homeless men.  As I looked down at the short
gentleman close to me, he was 'smiling'.  His beautiful sky blue eyes  were full
of God's light as he search for acceptance.

He said, 'Good day' as he counted the few coins he had been clutching.  The
second man fumbled with his hands as he stood behind his friend.  I realized
the second man was mentally challenged and the blue-eyed gentleman was
his salvation.

I held my tears as I stood there with them.  The young lady at the counter asked
him what they wanted.  He said, 'Coffee is all Miss' because that was all they
could afford.  (If they wanted to sit in the restaurant and warm up, they had to
buy something.  He just wanted to be warm).

Then I really felt it - the compulsion was so great I almost reached out and
embraced the little man with the blue eyes.  That is when I noticed all eyes in
the restaurant were set on me, judging my every action.  I smiled and asked the
young lady behind the counter to give me two more breakfast meals on a
separate tray.

I then walked around the corner to the table that the men had chosen as a
resting spot.  I put the tray on the table and laid my hand on the blue-eyed
gentleman's cold hand.  He looked up at me, with tears in his eyes and said,
'Thank you.'  I leaned over, began to pat his hand and said, 'I did not do this for
you.  God is here working through me to give you hope.'

I started to cry as I walked away to join my husband and son.  When I sat down
my husband smiled at me and said, 'That is why God gave you to me, honey, to
give me hope.'  We held hands for a moment and at that time, we knew that
only because of the Grace that we had been given were we able to give.  We
are not church goers, but we are believers.  That day showed me the Light of
God's sweet love.

I returned to college, on the last evening of class, with this story in hand.  I
turned in 'my project' and the instructor read it.  Then she looked up at me and
said, 'Can I share this?'  I slowly nodded as she got the attention of the class.  
She began to read and that is when I knew that we as human beings and
being part of God, share this need to heal people and to be healed.

In my own way I touched the people at McDonald's, my son, instructor, and
every soul that shared the classroom on the last night I spent as a college
student.  I graduated with one of the biggest lessons I would ever learn:  
UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE.

As you read this, didn't it make you want to do better as a person and as a child
of God?  Doesn't it make you remember every time you have been put in a
position to be a blessing and failed the test?  WOW!  If no one else will admit it,
I will.  I have been afraid and walked away.  Other times, I asked myself if the
person would go buy alcohol with the money.  You know the questions we run
through our minds when we are making these kinds of choices.  She managed
to get past how others were reacting, the looks and the stares and even what
others might think or say.  This womam followed her heart and offered a
hand...she offered hope.

Interestingly enough, as I first read this I was taken by the patience and
generosity of this kindhearted woman right up until God's voice captured my
attention.  He reminded me that this is what HE does for us everyday.  
Salvation, life, health, strength, provisions, the air we breathe... all acts of
kindness and UNCONDITIONAL LOVE towards His children.

Which day have you been totally acceptable in His sight?  Whcih dat did you
come before Him perfect, without flaw or stain?  Face it, some days we
downright smelled of disobedience AND YET when we have a need He still
provides.

In our lives HE is the difference!!!  Let's make a point of making a difference in
the lives of those we touch.  Go out of your way for God.  Show His love through
your actions.  Do it soon!!

Be Blessed,
Sonya          
A lesson in unconditional love....