Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Trying To Help With An Open Heart

--by aprilannie, posted May 19, 2011
Cons happen a lot in our city and it can be hard to know who is really in need and who is trying to exploit other people's kindness.
Recently, I was finishing my work at home when the dog barked letting me know someone was at the gate. I rushed to see who it was and there I saw poor, fragile woman in her late fifties.
I said to her, "May I ask what you want?"
She replied, "Hello, ma'am, my name is Parvathy. My husband and I live in the slum nearby. We earn our living working at construction sites. A few days ago my husband tripped on the stairs while carrying a heavy load. He is badly hurt and hasn't been able to work for the past five days, and so we have no food. Now he is at home in bed with a high temperature. Please help me! I need to take my husband to a doctor!"
"Oh!" I said. "Please wait here."
I felt really bad about her situation but ... Was she telling me the truth or trying to con me for money?
Then I decided to help her. But first I said a simple prayer. "Dear Lord. You know how I earn my pennies, so please see to it that my hard earned money helps the real need. Amen."
I went out with a fifty rupee note and handed it to her. The moment she got the money she broke down in tears. She took my hand and said, "May God bless you abundantly, my dear! Thank you so much!" 
I was so moved, and turned back to my work smiling.
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Velvet wrote: I didn't know where to find this info then koabom it was here.
ecoenergygirl wrote: I love that we will never know if pavarthi's husband was the real need, but rather we trust the prayer to the universal energy was answered. Lovely.
watsonsfancy wrote: Bless you! I have been in your position before, and made the same choices. You are right, it lightens your heart, not just to give, but also to trust. I am on the other side of this coin at the moment. Having fallen on hard times, i have set up a blog to collect donations. But it is a hard choice for people to trust that i am not a scam artist or can man! Please keep trusting! There are those of us out there who are genuine and do really appreciate any help people give. God bless you!
twocents wrote: I'm going to practice a small prayer next time i give money. Thank you!
Henrinelton wrote: Dear, may the seed you sow in her life be replaced in a hundred folds to you in jesus name. Amen.
Linda Faulkner wrote: I always try to help people it makes me feel so good now i am going though a hard time rent needs to be paid been sick and at 45 my back is giving out but i always keep the faith because god is good and i know some how someway he is going to send a blessing my way.
cabbage wrote: Thank you for listening to your heart.

And for sharing your story with us.

Many blessings to you!

Love and hugs.
aprilannie wrote: Thank you all.
joy wrote: So touched by your story and am glad that you decided to spread your kindess and generosity. So nice to see how the woman appreciated it so much too.
shailesh wrote: This story is really wonderfull. May god grant you every success in your life.

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