"Stocking up for Winter?",
said the cashier with a smile.
She was looking at my shopping cart
and big boxes of cereal.
I knew that question was coming.
A little earlier
I had stopped into the local food pantry
to see if there was any small thing that I might contribute.
The shelves held canned vegetables,
canned tuna fish,
and many other things.
They were short of breakfast foods, though,
so I thought I would give what I could.
I walked into a local store
and started to fill my cart
with Pop Tarts
and boxes of Cherrios, and Corn Flakes.
I remembered loving them all for breakfast
when I was a hungry, little boy growing up
and I hoped
what I bought might feed a few hungry, little bellies today.
I smiled back at the cashier
"It's for the food pantry."
I usually tried to get out of the store without mentioning it,
because an anonymous act of kindness is the best kind.
I didn't want any recognition or praise for what I did.
I had needed to use the food pantries myself
when I was an unemployed
and struggling young father
with a family to feed.
And it felt so right
to complete this circle of love
and give back to others in need.
I knew too that
I was doing what my destiny wanted me to do
and that is the only reward any of us ever needs.
Love fills the universe.
It is in every human heart.
It is in every act of kindness no matter how small.
It is a glorious tapestry
of which we all are a part.
It is so big that it is beyond comprehension.
Still, we are all required to take our place in that tapestry.
we are all required to step into the circle of love that never ends.
we are all required to give, to care, and to share.
Take your place in the tapestry then.
Help others every chance you can.
Become part of something big
while doing something small.