George came out of church and there was a man standing with hat in hand. He was clean shaven, dressed in clean clothes and quite presentable.
George asked him, "How can I help you?" The man told him that he was down and out and needed a few dollars to buy some groceries for his family. George dropped a few dollars in his hat. He noticed only one or two of the hundreds of people coming out of the church did the same.
For a few more Sundays the beggar was at the bottom of the steps. Each time George met him he dropped a couple of dollars in his hat.
Then the beggar no longer showed up. Was he asked to leave? Did he find a job? Did he get his family back on his feet? George will never know. He wondered, "Who did he really encounter on the steps of his church?"
A true story, only the name has been changed