Forgotten phone

Kevin is just like the rest of us, never without his mobile phone.  Every Sunday, Kevin has a routine after church:  he goes to the same coffee shop and gets his favorite coffee and The Washington Post.  But this one Sunday Kevin happened to forget his phone at home and he didn’t realize it until he was standing in line.

Normally Kevin would reach into his pocket, pull out his phone and start scrolling through text messages and emails and searching the internet, concentrating on his own business while waiting for his coffee to be made.  On this one particular day Kevin was forced to just take in the world around him while waiting.  It was then that he noticed the lady in front of him with a scarf wrapped around her head in a way that he had seen before, when his own Mom was battling cancer.

Kevin thought back to the time when his Mom called him one day to share with him that a total stranger had turned her day around.  Kevin’s Mom had been at the library studying the side effects of chemotherapy when all of a sudden all of the pressure and fear boiled to the surface and she started to quietly weep, all alone while sitting at a table in the library.  Out of nowhere, a hand touched her on her shoulder and told her it would all be okay.  Then, that stranger took the time to sit down with her and talk her through her own life experiences.It turned out that the kind stranger had also gone through chemotherapy and that one brief conversation had given Kevin’s Mom so much hope.

In that moment at the coffee shop Kevin heard the woman in front of him confiding in the terribly busy barista behind the counter.  The kind barista did the best she could to listen but things were busy and there were a lot of customers still in line.  Kevin knew this was his opportunity to step up and help someone the way a stranger had helped his Mom.

He tapped the woman in front of him on the shoulder and said, “I recognize your wardrobe” while touching the side of his head and pointing to her scarf.  The woman recognized in Kevin an opportunity to share.  Even though Kevin knew that this conversation would result in him being late for work, he shared with the woman that he hoped she would be okay, just as his own Mom is okay today.  The woman shared how helpful it was just to be able to say it all out loud and she thanked Kevin for his time.

It takes so little to impact someone’s life for the better.  If we all took just a little extra time – admittedly the most precious gift we have – to have one small conversation with a hurting stranger, just think how much better the world around us would be?

For all the times you have listened to me, thank you.
For all the times you listened to someone else, thank you.
For all the times you listened to us, thank you Lord.
For all the times we hope to spend in the company of someone else who just needs to talk, we ask you to be with us Lord.  Thank You.

Praying for all of you.  Thank you for praying for me.

Peace friends,


Categories: Inspiration, Ministry, Prayer


  • Christine Reilly says:

    Thank you so much for all of the time you have given to me and my family – to listen and share, to pray, to lift us up. You are such a gift to all who you encounter, Chuck! Thank you for this reminder that we can do the same for others. Hugs to you, my friend!

  • Michael McMahon says:

    Thank you Chuck for all the times that you have listened to me and lifted me up! I remember a time when I was going through a very difficult period in my life. I hadn’t been to church in awhile and decided that I needed to go. It was a Saturday night and I happened to be one of the last people to leave the church after Mass. I was heading to my car when we ran into each other. The first words out of your mouth were, “Mike, its so good to see you, welcome home.” I can never express how important those words were to me…such simple words and your kind gesture were so profound and it was exactly what I needed at that time. Its 14 years later and I’ll never forget that moment or those words. By living your life humbly in Christ and with Christ, I was taken aback at how loud and clear Christ was coming through. I knew right then that I was truly blessed and I was struck at how Christ was working through you by offering those important words for me to hear right then, right there and exactly at that moment when I needed them most. As I drove home, my eyes filled with tears…for I was reassured that Christ was with me and that I would get through that awful time and be okay! Thank you Chuck! Your Friend, Mike

  • Kathy McCleary says:

    Beautiful and the perfect read on Ash Wednesday. Blessings upon you my friend.

  • Danielle Klorig says:

    My daughter-in-law will be starting chemo in a couple of weeks, I hope she will
    meet several thoughtful strangers.

  • Ann says:

    You touch my heart. Thank you.

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