The Baby Who Walked With God

More than twenty-five years ago, I was part of the staff of a local mission that served men, women, and children. Working there was a non-stop learning experience. God constantly showed me the beauty of the souls that surrounded me. Unfortunately, I often failed to see people with the love and compassion He saw them with.

One day, I needed to pop into the mission to pick something up. I had my son, Jared, with me, who was around 6 months old. It was the time of day when men who needed a meal would sign in to receive one, so there was a lot of activity in the reception area.

As I stopped to chat with a co-worker, I suddenly realized Jared was smiling, waving, and chattering over my shoulder to a man in the corner. Jared was usually a little hesitant with strangers, so I couldn't wait to see whom he was so excited to see. I turned around and saw a bedraggled man who was dirty, had an overpowering aroma, and whose hair and beard were matted and filthy. The man wasn't someone most...

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