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I know this is not pertaining to home repair, but it moved me when I read it so I thought I'd share it with you all.
Psalm 55:22 --- you really need to read this.
"Friends are God's way of taking care of us." This was written by a Hospice of Metro Denver physician
I just had one of the most amazing experiences of my life, and wanted to share it with my family and dearest friends:
I was driving home from a meeting this evening about 5, stuck in traffic on Colorado Blvd., and the car started to choke and splutter and die - I barely managed to coast, cursing, into a gas station, glad only that I would not be blocking traffic and would have a somewhat warm spot to wait for the tow truck. It wouldn't even turn over. Before I could make the call, I saw a woman walking out of the "quickie mart" building, and it looked like she slipped on some ice and fell into a Gas pump, so I got out to see if she was okay.
When I got there, it looked more like she had been overcome by sobs than that she had fallen; she was a young woman who looked really haggard with dark circles under her eyes. She dropped something as I helped her up, and I picked it up to give it to her. It was a nickel.
At that moment, everything came into focus for me: the crying woman, the ancient Suburban crammed full of stuff with 3 kids in the back (1 in a car seat), and the gas pump reading $4.95.
I asked her if she was okay and if she needed help, and she just kept saying "I don't want my kids to see me crying," so we stood on the other side of the pump from her car. She said she was driving to California and that things were very hard for her right now. So I asked, "And you were praying?" That made her back away from me a little, but I assured her I was not a crazy person and said, "He heard you, and He sent me."
I took out my card and swiped it through the card reader on the pump so she could fill up her car completely, and while it was fueling, walked to the next door McDonald's and bought 2 big bags of food, some gift certificates for more, and a big cup of coffee. She gave the food to the kids in the car, who attacked it like wolves, and we stood by the pump eating fries and talking a little.
She told me her name, and that she lived in Kansas City. Her boyfriend left 2 months ago and she had not been able to make ends meet. She knew she wouldn't have money to pay rent Jan 1, and finally in desperation had finally called her parents, with whom she had not spoken in about 5 years. They lived in California and said she could come live with them and try to get on her feet there.
So she packed up everything she owned in the car She told the kids they were going to California for Christmas, but not that they were going to live there.
I gave her my gloves, a little hug and said a quick prayer with her! for safety on the road. As I was walking over to my car, she said, "So, are you like an angel or something?"
This definitely made me cry. I said, "Sweetie, at this time of year angels are really busy, so sometimes God uses regular people."
It was so incredible to be a part of someone else's miracle. And of course, you guessed it, when I got in my car it started right away and got me home with no problem. I'll put it in the shop tomorrow to check, but I suspect the mechanic won't find anything wrong.
Sometimes the angels fly close enough to you that you can hear the flutter of their wings...
Psalms 55:22 "Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee. He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved."
My instructions were to pick four people that I wanted God to bless, especially for the months in 2006, and I picked you.
Please pass this to four people you want to be blessed and a copy back to me.
This prayer is powerful and prayer is one of the best gifts we receive. There is no cost but a lot of rewards. Let's continue to pray for one another.
Here is the prayer:
"Father, I ask You to bless my children, grandchildren, friends, relatives and email buddies reading this right now. Show them a new revelation of your love and power. Holy Spirit, I ask You to minister to their spirit at this very moment. Where there is pain, give them Your peace and mercy. Where there is self doubt, release a renewed confidence through Your grace, In Jesus' precious name. Amen."
I know I picked more than four and you can, too. When Satan is knocking at your door, simply say, "Jesus, could You please get that for me?"
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You got lucky.
Two years ago, I picked up a woman who was standing in the pouring rain with a gasoline can. She said she needed to get to a gas station, and I was heading right past one. When we got there, she changed her mind and asked me to take her to a nearby house where she could perform certain sexual services for a small fee. I asked her 3 times to get the fuck outta the car, and she began to get beligerent. I finally said "Either get out, or I'll start driving in a way you've only seen in movies, and we'll just keep driving that way until I get pulled over". That seemed to change her mind quickly.
Thirty years ago, I gave a guy a ride. He kept changing his mind about where he wanted to be dropped off. None of his alternate locations were anywhere near the highway we were on. I finally took him to a NY State Police barracks and suggested that he leave.
Not worth the risk sometimes.
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Dave wrote:

This just happened to you? Where in the US are gas prices anywhere near $5 a gallon?
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$5 a gallon? I think you need to read it again.
Luc
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Lucid wrote:

I would say that $4.95 is "near $5 a gallon". Maybe you wouldn't.
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On 03/01/06 01:57 pm Travis Jordan wrote:

I took it to mean that she had already pumped $4.95 worth of gas, not that gas was $4.95/gal.
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Percival P. Cassidy wrote:

I suppose the nickel that she dropped was change from a $5 bill?
OK, I'll buy that. But I won't buy the rest of the story.
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Dave wrote:

Sounds like a scam to me.
http://www.snopes.com/glurge/denver.asp
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The article may have been a scam if it is true. I look at it this way. If I were to do something charitable for a person in distress and they were ripping me off, I feel that I will still be rewarded for my good deed in some way. The person that cheated will get their punishment for dishonest deeds sooner or later. In other words what comes around goes around.
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"Dave" wrote

plenty of wishful thinking there. reality tells us that an animal, including a human beast, will act in its own best interests. that's life -- a series of transactions that sometimes work to our own benefit, and other times not. to put faith in some sort of cosmic balance is like believing in a god. not very rational.
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I know I'd heard of "God" when I was five years old. I thought it was something like a fantasy role-playing game. As for literally believing it, I was sure no one was that stupid. That's before I learned otherwise.
Of course it (theism) makes a lot more sense now that I know it's an infectious disease. A disease that's easily cured once you realize you're sick.
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sense, founded on the Christian religion."
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Good for you. That puts you head-and-shoulders above most denizens of the Internet.
Fear of a scam is the excuse that keeps more people from performing acts of kindness than we are willing to admit. Once people ignore that fear, more good deeds will flow. There's nothing wrong with ignoring obvious scams, but if a situation appears to you to be genuine, then don't worry about it. Do what you feel is right. You've chosen a path that makes the world a better place.
Luc
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Over the years I have helped others, with no payback wanted or expected. My reward is being useful, if god smiles when my time comes thats nice, but in any case I did some good during my short life.
I REALLY believe in heaven after having a near death experience in 1985. Believe I got a glimpse of heaven... It was a very close thing.. lost 13 pints of blood:(
DO SOME GOOD WHILE YOUR ALIVE BECAUSE YOU MIGHT NOT BE TONIGHT!
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Saw a guy with a gas can at a pump, he reported his car had run out of gas and he had no $. I offered to fill the can, no he needed a ride too. He wanted the CASH:(
So I offered to fill the can and give him a ride......
He ran off, jerk just wanted $$:(
Saw a pretty gal in philadephia begging for money for food:( I walked by turned and just looked at her. She was obese:( chunky fat.....
She said to me I need a different line dont I???
Yeah I think so. If she had been legit I would of offered to buy her a good meal. NOT give her $ for booze or smokes:(
I tend to be generous but try to avoid stupidity:)
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1/. Every morning rise with a smile on your face and do good things, for tomorrow morning, you may not rise without the help of the EMT or a coroner.
2/. Live every day as if it is your last.
3/. Do good things to others and good things will happen to you.
4/. Keep your holy actions to yourself as not all believe in your religious banter.
5/. We may believe in a higher power but we don't need to hear about him every waking minute of each and every day.
6/. Be holy, in your own house, and not in mine.
7/. "God" can reveal his might to whomever he wants, don't try to do it for him.
8/. I do my best to help others, I don't try to get them to come back to religion.

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when helping people I dont mention religion at all
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wasn't meant specifically for you or anyone. was just a generalization sorry

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On Wed, 01 Mar 2006 21:22:48 GMT, "newfysnapshot"

That one does get me. People try to get me interested in their religions. They tell me that God spoke to them and told them what the truth was.
So if their god wants me to change, let him come and get me, like he did for them. Why do they get Him and I only get them. What am I, chopped liver?
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wrote:

Of course, God has consistently failed to show up. maybe he could tell me what this "soul" junk is supposed to mean. Maybe it has something to do with people who are unable to do good without being manipulated by this big bully.
[snip, since I know this isn't email]
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wrote:

Once when I was in Fort Worth, someone asked me for money to ride the city bus. I offered him a bus token. He refused that.
Also, near the inter-city bus station a man asked me for some money for food. I refused. As to why, I was using my nose (strong liquor smell).
I know about someone here who tried to do a good deed. He was robbed. That was on Christmas day.
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