This sweet story was just the remedy I needed. The website, The Blaze, reported that Ashley England, and her young son, Riley, were dining at a local pizza parlor in their hometown of China Grove, NC. That might not seem out of the ordinary, but Riley, aged 8, is a special needs child, and eating out could be a difficult experience for the family, and oftentimes disruptive for fellow patrons.
But one customer took it upon himself to ease the discomfort of Riley and his family. The customer not only paid for the family's meal, but asked their waitress to deliver a message to them. The waitress approached the family's table, and with tears in her eyes, gave them the note. Ashley Englund responded with some tears of her own.
“To have someone do that small act towards us shows that some people absolutely understand what we are going through and how hard it is to face the public sometimes,” she explained, going on to express gratitude for the people who care and understand. “They made me cry, blessed me more than they know — I felt like ... out of all the rude negative comments that we are faced with — this outweighs them.”
It was a small act, and one not likely to be heralded for long. But I hope the ripple effect of this mysterious man's Christ-like deed will long resonate in the lives of those blessed to witness it.
Ephesians 4:32 "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you."