By Joyce Olesen
Dec 15, 2017

#LightTheWorld Day 15

Jesus taught:  “Blessed are the merciful.”—Matthew 5:7


Today I am going to tell you a true story about the merciful people I encountered yesterday. I have a bit of a neurological impairment, and had much on my mind as I went to two stores.  Stress must make me more vulnerable.  

In store number 1, after asking, the manager walked with me to where my purchases were and helped me pick them out.  On leaving, I let the person behind go ahead as she had only one thing.  Before leaving, she turned to thank me.  The sweet cashier lightly packed my purchases, as the lady now behind me helped get my stuff out of the cart.  I gave the cashier my card and she took care of the whole transaction.  At that point, the lady behind me offered to help me out to load my car. 

In store number 2, the fresh fruit lady told me she had been missing me, but not to buy anything as it was not real yummy.  After getting my goodies, the cashier again packed things lightly.  As I checked out, a mentally challenged young man ran my card for me.  He filled up my cart and we walked and chatted as we loaded up my car.  Some of these people knew me as a customer, but within one hour I was blessed with seven merciful people doing multiple acts of kindness. 

Scouts should be aware of people in need of help.  Many won’t ask, but if you are perceptive, you will find a chance to be merciful.

Author: Joyce Olesen | is a grandmother, mother, and daughter of Scouters. She loves kids, camping, country music and sports cars. Her Dad was a Scout leader in Chicago in the early 1920’s and having only daughters did not bolster his Scouting hopes. As his “Scout” she was tying regulation knots by the time she was 7.

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