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He Was A Stranger and I Took him In


The story is told of a Kansan who owned a general store. He was a

well-intending man who made a habit of offering a verse of Scripture

whenever anyone purchased something from him. The group of people who sat

around the store in this rural area enjoyed the exchanges, because some of

the purchases challenged the imagination.


One winter day a Texan stopped in, wanting to buy a blanket for his horse.

The locals knew that the store stocked two types of blankets. One sold for

$60, and the expensive one cost $89.95.


He showed him the first. "No, that’s not good enough. I need something

warmer for my horse." He showed him the second blanket for $89.95. "That’s

not good enough, either. Don’t you understand? This is for my horse, and

nothing’s too good for my horse. Now show me your most expensive blanket!"


The store became very quiet as the storekeeper reached under the counter to

the $89.95 stock, pulled out a plaid one, and spread it on the counter with

great finesse. "This is our finest and the only one I have. Colorfast, 100

percent wool, with a very tight weave. It sells for $250."


Now you are talking. I’ll take it." He counted out the money, folded the

blanket, and left with a big grin on his face.


As the shopkeeper opened the cash drawer and carefully counted the money, he

said, "Matthew 25:35, He was a stranger and I took him in."


Hospitality, reaching out with a cup of cold water, is hard to find.


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