Married 60 Years 

On and off throughout the last 13 years or so,as I am able, I’ve worked at a grocery store. I was working this morning checking costumers out at the register and a man in his mid 80’s, I would assume, was very slow and having a difficult time writing out his check. He began to tell me how his wife had past away this last October and she took care of the check book and groceries. He kept apologizing for not knowing what he was doing and for being slow. Tears started to well up in his eyes. He began to cry and tell me that his heart was broken. I consoled him the best I knew how as he finished bagging his groceries and left.              As the morning went on it was hard to shake the sadness and broken-heartedness that this man had left with. Several things that the small glimpse of his life that has stuck with me. One is what a testimony and wonderful example of commitment to have been married to the same person for 60 years. The second to not take your other half or anyone you love for granite you never know when it could be their time to go. And thirdly it reminded me that you never know what someone is going through. So many people come and go throughout our daily lives and we may not stop and think twice about their circumstances. Reminding me to do my best to be kind to everyone I encounter throughout my day. So many people are hurting. A smile or a few encouraging words could change someone’s day, week or even life. I’m challenging you for the next few days to really consider what your patients, co-workers, neighbors, customers, random people you run into throughout your day are going through. To smile at them when they aren’t smiling at you. To say hi when you would rather duck your head and move on with your day. To look past your own bad day and have a positive effect on someone else’s day. Romans 12:10 says “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” This was a great refresher for me that I am certainly not the only person dealing with default times and to look beyond myself to serve others with kindness.

Kara Bess


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