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Letter: 'Merry Christmas to all the angels'


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From: Rick Eikenbary

Columbus

Received: Dec. 19

Has anyone else noticed how rude people have gotten? Not just the holidays, but in general, our society has become so “me” focused, and it comes out in many ways. It’s true in shopping; it’s especially true in driving … but today I witnessed a magical thing.

I pulled into the drive-thru to get my breakfast, as usual. Often people cut me off to get in line ahead of me. Or someone orders a dozen fancy coffees slowing the whole line down. I see rudeness everywhere. I see people who don’t care how their actions affect others; their only care is what helps themselves. None of that happened today.

No, today, there was one car at the payment window, me two cars back, and they were paying by credit card … and it wasn’t working. I saw chit-chat going on, and I will admit I was getting aggravated. What is taking so long? I saw them hand some cash instead, but then more talking, and more cash. They finally pulled forward. The next vehicle was quick. Then I was up. No one else behind me yet, though we had been there five minutes.

The girl at the window said, “These people are so nice. The lady in front felt bad because she took so long so she paid for the car behind her, too … and then that lady paid for yours, so yours is free today. It’s been paid for already.”

Wow! Some modern angels were out in Columbus this morning. Can you imagine a world where everyone took this attitude of helping others have a reason for a really good day? How inspiring! Random acts of kindness are the best!

But there is one other. The one who paid the “bill” for all of us. Let’s not forget the one who invented the concept of paying the debt of another so that they can enjoy the gift he gives, free of any charge. Oh, and he has a birthday coming up in a few days. Big party. All over the world. Maybe you’ve heard of it?

Merry Christmas to all the angels out there!

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