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Published on: May 18, 2024
Yesterday around 8am I met a woman at Barnes & Noble in order to take some donations for our outreach today. It had to be early because we were to meet at the church at 9am to sort through everything we already had to take to Reading.
As we finished I started to pull away in my car when I noticed a little old man with a shopping cart. He walked methodically up and down the parking lot, then over onto the grass, then back to the macadam. Back and forth. I got out of my car.
“SIR! SIR!” I yelled louder but he did not turn around. I began to sprint toward him. (Well, it was actually the pace of a fast trot). Finally I got even with him and I yelled again.
“WHAT!?” he turned and looked at me with fright. I saw the hearing aids.
I apologized as I held my hands up in front of me. “Oh, I’m so sorry, I just wanted to get your attention. Do you need some help? Are you homeless?” I asked him.
He broke out into the biggest grin! “No, I’m not homeless! I just come here every morning to clean up the parking lot! My wife’s been gone 6 years now, and ever since she died I come here every day.
I relaxed and could not help but return his smile. He was adorable.
“What’s your name?” I asked.
“Herbie Metz! Hey, a guy stopped me the other day and handed me $20! He said, ‘keep up the good work!'”. Now his face was alight with joy.
“I was going to give you money too!” I said. He waved me off in the most friendly way.
“No, I don’t need your money. Hey, I’m going to be 91 in July! You know, I drove a million miles in my lifetime and now I figure I will do a million steps!”
“You are an inspiration to me! I’m glad I got to meet you today, ” I said. As I drove away he continued to bless the area with his presence, care and clean up.
Oh, for a thousand Herbie Metz’s to share their joy, attitude and love for others wherever God has planted them! We can all be like Herbie!
“(Growing in grace) they shall still bring forth fruit in old age, they shall be full of sap (of spiritual vitality) and (rich in the) verdure (of trust, love and contentment.) (They are living memorials) to show that the Lord is upright and faithful to His promises. He is my Rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.” Psalm 92:14,15
Shalom Shalom