Our hotel was in the city centre. We’d spent the morning walking around the streets and stopped to pick up some groceries to stock up our son’s flatting supplies. Carrying a couple of bags we left the store and realised we hadn’t got everything.
I stayed outside with our bags at the next store, while Andrew nipped in to get bananas. Just outside the doorway was a beggar. She had an open empty bag at her feet branded with the same supermarket logo I was carrying. I moved sideways to the next doorway.
Some men walked past. They grumbled about beggars taking up the pavement. “Go home!” they said.
Two beautifully groomed and dressed young women in business suits were walking towards us and talking animatedly to each other. I thought that in their busy conversation they weren’t looking where they were walking and were about to trip over the beggar.
But they stopped. Right at the beggar’s feet. The taller girl bent down and gave the beggar something in a brown paper bag. “It’s a hot pie. I just bought it for you. It’s mince and cheese. I hope you like it!” Then she smiled a beautiful smile at the beggar woman.
“Bless you. Have a lovely day.” said the beggar.
The young woman gave another smile and then she and her friend carried on down the street. My eyes followed them before turning back to the beggar.
She was gobbling up that pie like it was the last pie on earth.
Hmmm…. didn’t Jesus tell a story something like this?
Mirror moment – when in front of you, you see reflected your inner self staring back at you. And sometimes what you see makes you stop and think and change!
(Photo credit: store bought meat pie for our dinner especially to photograph for this post)