Copyright 1986 -
One day I was working and I had a customer whose home I would service and she referred me to her neighbor Earl. Now, at that time I was not married and it was my habit as a bachelor after paying for my kids to spend every last dime I had on music gear then getting my older sister to front me bill money. Ha! Yes, I did have an audio addiction for many years.
So as usual, I was completely broke and needed that money for food or something. I was at my customer’s house and said, “So Mrs. Dillion, Earl next door… he is going to want his service like normal right?” She said, “Well, I will call him, as I know he will want it. He recently had a stroke, but still I am thinking he will want it done.” At this point, all I am thinking is about is my own personal situation and the money I needed. She came back into the room after calling Earl and told me yes and to go across the street to do Earl’s service. I was thinking, “Cool! Another $75!” So, I went over and Earl answers the door holding a towel to his face. Because of the stroke, he could not keep the saliva in his mouth so he had to keep a towel there. I was horrified at myself when I saw him. There was no way I was going to charge this man in the condition and suffering he was in and I was angry at myself because I needed that $75. Because all I had thought about was myself I was going to make myself do the work for free. So, I did. And on every step of my work that day I wanted to fly by with a quickness, but I kept making myself take my time carefully and do my best. Two hours later I loaded my truck and I would never see him again.
Fast forward time. My teeth were really hurting and I owed my dentist $750 and I found myself in his office holding the side of my face not too differently from how Earl had been holding the side of his face. I needed compassion in a major way. I told my dentist, I know I owe you $750 and I know you said I need crowns. My teeth hurt so bad and I don’t have any money to give. He gently put his hand on my shoulder and said, “ that $750? You don’t owe me anything. It’s gone. Do you have two hours?” I said in excruciating pain, “Yes.” He threw me in the chair and gave me two free crowns and wiped out $750 debt. He had just gave to me about $4000 or more! We would become very close friends and he knows he only needs to call for many services around his houses and I am there as fast as my Toyota can get me there.
To me this was a very big miracle.
The Man Holding His Face
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