"Should I lay it on the counter," he asked the attendant. "There are eight dollars here."
"No," she said. "Give it to me. I'll count it. But wait right there though."
As the attendant counted mostly dimes and nickles and a few quarters, they seem to sparkle. They were so clean. Shortly thereafter his wife came in and gave him a gentle hug, but not before giving more change.
"Here, I found another dollar," said the wife, lovingly caressing her husband's shoulders, handing the change to the attendant, and stepping back out quickly.
"Please give the change back to him," I said. "If you don't mind sir, I'd like to fill up your gas tank today."
"Really? You would?" he asked.
Yes, sir," I said, making sure to put that particular handle on his name again. Not being able to adequately provide for your family must be humiliating.
"Thank you so very much," he said. "May God richly bless you."
I waited for them to fill their van up. It took some time. My car is smaller.
"They must be on e flat," the attendant said.
"That's okay," I responded.
"Look," said the attendant, "he's crying."
After paying for the gas, I thought of how I might leave the station without running into them to avoid a sense of obligation. But that didn't work. They were both coming in my direction with tears streaming down their faces.
"We just asked God if he could provide a means for us to get to prayer," the wife said. "God answered our prayers."
She gave me a big hug and thanked me profusely. I mentioned that there is no other reason for our existence on the planet, save to be a help to one another.
"Do you have little ones?" I asked.
"Yes, the husband said. "We have four. Two are in the van."
"Beautiful. "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus," I quoted.
"Amen," they responded.
"Now, Father, we ask you to bless our dear sister 100 fold," he said. "Whatever her needs are, meet them. It's done."
There was a big group hug. When I got into my car I wept. Let's always be sure to consider the needs of others. In doing so we are blessed.