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Just a Glass of Water, and a Smile

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Recently, during an exceedingly difficult afternoon, a stranger kindly asked me if I needed anything.  A glass of water, perhaps?

I hadn’t realized I was thirsty, but he had.  He saw the need for water—and the need for encouragement—and provided both.

Just a simple glass of water.  

Just an encouraging, compassionate smile.

But it added a bit of comfort to a background of horror.

May God bless this stranger.


May God give each of us

eyes to see,

a caring smile to share,

and the courage to reach out

—even to strangers—

even if

all we can give

is a glass of water, and that smile,

and a prayer.




  1. Jennifer H. says:

    A good reminder to look for small ways to bring comfort to others when able. I hope all is well.

  2. Aritha says:

    Dank je wel. Dit is mooi geschreven en een bruikbare les. God voorziet. In comfort. In mensen om ons heen, al kennen we hen niet eens soms. En wij hebben in Zijn Naam ook iets te bieden aan de mensen om ons heen.

  3. Annie Kate says:

    Thank you, Jennifer. Things are well now, praise be to God.

    Ja, Aritha, God zorgt voor ons, en in hem hebben wij ook iets om anderen aan te bieden. (Translation: Yes, God cares for us and in him we have something to offer to others.)

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