Compassion is both a gift and a trait of the loving God who created all we see. There is nothing quite like it. When one is on either the giving or receiving end of this gift, it is extremely humbling and grabs the heart as few things can do.
This true story is one of the most touching ever encountered. In the many times I have read it, I have yet to get through it without being reduced to a bundle of sobbing tears. Life is so fragile…so swift…so mean at times.
Who is like this in your life today?
A video reenactment narrated by Kent is at the end of the story. But read and mediate on the story first.
The Cab Ride And The Old Lady – By Kent Nerburn
There was a time in my life twenty years ago when I was driving a cab for a living. It was a cowboy’s life, a gambler’s life, a life for someone who wanted no boss, constant movement and the thrill of a dice roll every time a new passenger got into the cab.
What I didn’t count on when I took the job was that it was also a ministry. Because I drove the night shift, my cab became a rolling confessional. Passengers would climb in, sit behind me in total anonymity and tell me of their lives.
We were like strangers on a train, the passengers and I, hurtling through the night, revealing intimacies we would never have dreamed of sharing during the brighter light of day. I encountered people whose lives amazed me, ennobled me, made me laugh and made me weep. And none of those lives touched me more than that of a woman I picked up late on a warm August night.
I was responding to a call from a small brick fourplex in a quiet part of town. I assumed I was being sent to pick up some partiers, or someone who had just had a fight with a lover, or someone going off to an early shift at some factory for the industrial part of town. [Read more…]