I was in the grocery store yesterday when I saw an elderly woman coming out of an aisle. She practically had her head on the handle of the basket. I thought she was just watching to make sure no one else was coming.
But no. Her back was bent so her head was near her right shoulder. I should remember the name for such things, but I don't.
She was painful to watch. My back even started aching for her. So I tried to avoid her.
But sure enough, she ended up behind me in the checkout line.
But by then there was a man--her son?--with her.
He was so kind to her, asking if she needed to sit down and taking her groceries--quite a few of them--out of the cart for her.
I was upset with myself for trying not to see her after the first glance.
But it was so heart breaking.
I don't often pray about specific things--I usually meditate as my prayer--but on my way home I prayed for her, for her being bent, for whatever pain she must feel. And I gave a prayer of thanks for the kind man with her.
Praying helped me feel a bit better about myself as well.
Pray always for those less fortunate than you. And give thanks for those who seek to help them.