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Man left speechless when homeless man says he prayed for ‘a hot meal’
What a miracle!
Kirsten Spruch
06.18.20

There is a lot of stuff going on in the world right now but every now and then, someone comes along to prove that kindness does indeed still exist.

One evening, a man was leaving Best Buy. As he was leaving, he noticed a man digging through the garbage outside of the store. At this moment, he could have just decided to leave. But he didn’t.

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“As I walked to my car, I watched him as he reached in the garbage can, pulled out fast food bags, and inspected all that was in them. He did this for several minutes,” he wrote via Love What Matters.

He continued, “He would find a few fries in one bag and a bite or two of a hamburger in another bag. You could see the hamburger wrapper by his knee where he was placing the food items he’d found.”

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People continued to enter and exit the store, but the seemingly homeless person didn’t bother anyone. He didn’t ask anyone for money or food — he just kept digging through the trash.

“After he went through the entire trash can, he neatly cleaned up the area and wrapped up the food he found in the dirty hamburger wrapper. My heart hurt for him,” he said.

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“I am not someone who just hands out money or even helps homeless people because so many are not truly homeless. I guess I’ve never seen someone actually go through a garbage can to try to find food to eat,” he added.

After feeling these intense emotions for the man, this person knew they had to help them.

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He got out of his car and asked the man if he could help him buy something to eat. The homeless man told him that he would be happy with anything he could get his hands on. Since the homeless man was on a bike, he told him that he should follow him to the fast food place around the corner.

Once they got there, the person treated him to the biggest meal on the menu. “The only request he gave me for his order was a big glass of sweet tea to go with his meal,” he said.

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“When I brought him his food, he was so thankful. He told me his name was Steve and he’d been homeless ever since his sister died last September. He was trying to get off the streets but it was so hard. I told him God loved him and I would pray for him. He told me again how much he appreciated the meal,” he said.

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But when he drove away, he felt compelled to help the man more. He swung back around and saw that Steve had been finishing up his meal and was about to bike away.

He offered to buy him a few more meals and put some more money on a gift card, which Steve happily agreed to. So that’s what they did.

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Steve broke down crying.

“He told me he prayed for me today! I wasn’t sure what he meant. I was assuming he was praying for me for what I did for him, so I thanked him. He said, ‘No, you don’t understand. I prayed God would send someone to buy me a hot meal today…and he sent you!’ I didn’t know what to say…I was speechless! Praying for a hot meal wasn’t a prayer I had prayed today!”

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The man went on to explain that he’d prayed over his meals but never for one, because it is simply expected. It’s something we take for granted every day.

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And it turns out Steve actually had cancer.

“Tears began to fill my eyes. Oh my…how blessed am I… He said, ‘You see, I have cancer!’ He pulled up his shirt and pointed to a huge mass that was poking out from his stomach. He said he knew it wouldn’t be much longer. I asked him if he knew Jesus. He told me he did. I asked if I could pray for him and he said I could. We prayed right there on the sidewalk of McDonald’s,” he said.

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“Tears just poured from his eyes. He told me he knew he was going to die, and he was ready to die. He was tired of being in pain and he would be better off dead because this was no life — living this way,” he continued. “I stayed and encouraged him for a few minutes trying to fight back my tears.”

These two humans prove kindness does exist. It’s incredible that they found each other.

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By Kirsten Spruch
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Kirsten Spruch is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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