|Flickr photo by Infrogmation|
I sat across from a young preacher
We were enjoying a meal at a small Peruvian restaurant
when I got up to refill my glass of water
As I walked back to the table
I saw that an older gentleman had taken a seat next to us
He had the weight of the world in his eyes
And as I sat down, the man asked the preacher
Would you buy me some dinner?
Without hesitation, the preacher smiled and said
Let’s do this. Come on!
And the preacher and the man
slowly made their way to the front
and then worked sideways down the buffet line—
visiting like a couple of old friends—
so that when they came back to the table, the old man was holding a big plastic bag with a steamy box inside
The man looked pleased and bid the preacher farewell, adding
Thank you, sir. I knew when I walked in that you’d buy me dinner
and the preacher smiled again and said
You’re welcome, Randy
In a few weeks, this young preacher and his family will move hundreds of miles away
to begin work in a new ministry
and I think to myself
That is one lucky church.