Monday, December 11, 2017

Day 11 - Help a stranger.

December 1 thru December 25 I am posting about movies which reflect each day's focus for #LightTheWorld.

Day 11

"I was a stranger, and ye took me in." (Matthew 25:35)

The Blind Side (2009) is based on an amazing true story. Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) realizes teenager Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) does not have a place to stay and takes him into her home.

Fandango Trailer: The Blind Side 

(Michael Oher became an NFL football player. You can read his story here.)

One evening, my father stopped at the post office on his way home from work and discovered a man curled up on the floor in a corner. We lived in a small town where everyone knew everyone and everyone had a home. Dad struck up a conversation with the stranger and learned the man was walking and hitchhiking from town to town, and was resting there for the night.

Dad told us about the interesting encounter upon his arrival home. Then, as we sat down to eat, he wondered if the stranger was hungry. He got up from our dinner table, returned to the post office, took the man across the street to a cafe, had him order a meal, paid for it, and then returned home to finally eat supper.

That night as daddy tried to sleep, he kept thinking about the stranger curled up on a hard floor. So back to the post office he went. He took the man to the only hotel in town, rented a room for him, and then returned home to sleep peacefully in a comfortable bed.

There are countless ways to take a stranger in... making eye contact, smiling at other shoppers in the grocery store, saying "hello" to a passerby, helping neighbors move in and inviting them to the community picnic, inquiring about a co-worker's hobbies or interests...

Today I can be kind to people I don't know.


  1. Great movie and great story about your dad. He was a great man!

    1. He definitely was a good man. I learned so much from him.