Deborah Greene had just walked into a busy Whole Foods store when she got the phone call that no one ever wants to get.
On the other end of the line was her brother, and his words were like a knife through her heart: Their father was dead, and he had committed suicide.
Greene, who only moments before had been going about her normal morning errands, fell to the floor of the supermarket, overwhelmed with shock about the horrific news. And though the world was beginning to spin around her as she screamed and sobbed, Greene could make sense of just one thing that was happening: The other shoppers around her were springing into action.
Instead of staring at her--or worse, ignoring her--Greene could hear and see help coming at her from all directions--and from total strangers.
"I remember in that haze of emotions, one of you asked for my phone and asked who you should call. What was my password? You needed my husband’s name as you searched through my contacts. I remember I could hear your words as you tried to reach my husband for me, leaving an urgent message for him to call me. I recall hearing you discuss among yourselves who would drive me home in my car and who would follow that person to bring them back to the store. You didn’t even know one another, but it didn’t seem to matter. You encountered me, a stranger, in the worst moment of my life and you coalesced around me with common purpose--to help," Greene wrote on TheMighty. "I remember one of you asking if you could [pray for me and for my father. I must have said yes, and now when I recall that Christian prayer being offered up to Jesus for my Jewish father and me, it still both brings tears to my eyes and makes me smile."
Eventually, these good Samaritans were able to locate one of her friends to come and stay with her until her husband could arrive. She even received a Whole Foods gift card from one of the strangers, which helped her feed her family during the sorrow-filled weeks ahead.
Greene went on to say that the comfort and kindness from those strangers was a heartwarming moment in the midst of tremendous pain, and one she'll never forget.
"Because you reached out to help, you offered a ray of light in the bleakest moment I’ve ever endured. You may not remember it. You may not remember me. But I will never, ever forget you."
This story touches my heart so deeply. May we serve as earth angels for each other when we are most needed. <3Posted by Illuminating Souls on Tuesday, March 8, 2016
This story touches my heart so deeply. May we serve as earth angels for each other when we are most needed. <3
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