The clerk was trying to be patient as the woman struggled to understand the return procedure and credit card technology. My heart ached as she tried to explain her return of a children's book. As I watched and listened it became obvious the woman was apologetic for her inadequices. She thanked the clerk multiple times, nodding her head each time in vigorous fashion similar to that of a child.
As my compassion deepened a miracle occurred. It was as if the heavens opened. Love flowed freely into my mind and I felt the great depth and unconditional love that God feels for her. It was gone as suddenly as it came but it was real, profound, and life changing.
She finally finished the return and as she turned around I was surprised. She looked at the line of people behind her and smiled a bright, genuine and happy smile. Her features were terribly homely but in that smile the beauty of heaven was evident. As she walked out the door I said silent prayer that someone on this earth would love her as she deserved.
I will be forever changed. I will see people differently now that I have felt that pure gift of God's love for this woman. As a popular song declares "What the world needs now is love, sweet love."
I have learned that real love often comes from the homeliest smile.