So Much More Than a Cup of Coffee

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It never ceases to amaze me, how a simple, seemingly insignificant gesture can  have such a tremendous impact…

I was reminded of this just a couple of weeks ago.

It was a Wednesday.

I had finally made it to morning Mass, something I’ve been wanting to do since the beginning of Lent.

After Mass I snuck into our Adoration chapel for a little one-on-one time with Jesus, something I absolutely treasure about my Catholic faith.

I left Adoration spiritually nourished and completely at peace, ready for whatever the day had in store for me.

As I exited the chapel I noticed a homeless man sitting about ten feet away, hunched over, trying to stay warm. He called out to me ‘Can you get me a cup of coffee in there”.  He was pointing in the direction I was coming from but I couldn’t remember seeing any coffee shops anywhere along that street. Perplexed I asked if he had a specific place in mind and he just pointed in the same direction saying “in there”.

The only place I could think of was our Parish office.

I figured it was worth a shot.

“There’s a homeless man outside who’d like a cup of coffee. Where can I get him one?” I inquired as I walked into the office.

The secretary sighed as she said, “Oh, that’s George, our resident homeless.  Hold on a minute.”

Her response told me this was not the first request from George and I suspected he made more than one inquiry each day. She returned with a steaming cup of coffee and asked, “Do you mind giving it to him?”

“Of course not!”

“Hi George!” I greeted him as I approached with the cup of coffee.

His eyes lit up at the anticipation of the hot beverage.

As I handed him the coffee I noticed his hands were crooked and stiff so I offered to hold the cup up to his lips so he could take a few sips. As I did so, he turned and kissed my hand. I had not anticipated this and almost spilled the coffee on him.

After enjoying a few hot sips, George asked me to place the coffee on the chair next to him so he could reach it later.

I stayed on talked to him for a few minutes.

When it was time for me to go, George took my hand, gave it a warm kiss and looking straight into my eyes he said sweetly “I love you Valerie. God bless you!”

He took my breath away and tears threatened to stream down my face.

I had not done much really….

Just stopped for a few minutes to honor this man’s dignity…

Treat him with love and compassion…

Honor his humanity…

I had not gone out of my way or spent any money…. just took a few minutes to share a smile and a cup of coffee…

A few minutes that changed everything!

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When George looked deep into my eyes and said “I love you Valerie” it was as though Christ himself was speaking those words to me.

“I was naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ ~ Mathew 25:36

George has stayed with me to this day. I caught a glimpse of him at Mass last Sunday but he was gone before I could say “Hi”.

I don’t know George’s story and perhaps I never will.

But I will always remember those few minutes with him….

The feel of his kiss on my hand…

The love in his eyes as he spoke those words to me…

In those few minutes George mattered…  I mattered.

We all have the power to make someone feel loved, each and every day.

A simple, seemingly insignificant gesture can have a profound impact that will change you forever.

Take time today to show someone you care…

To bring a little joy, a little warmth, a little love to someone who really needs it.

All too often we rush through our day, stressed about getting everything done, barely noticing the people around us… People who are cold… People who are hungry… People who don’t ask for much more than a simple cup of coffee….

When you stop and bless someone with your time you too will be abundantly blessed!


  1. Amazing 🙂

  2. what a beautiful story- brought tears to my eyes.

  3. I love this story! I spent many high school summers going on mission trips with my church and having very similar experiences and they truly ground you and connect you with what’s important in life. Something like coffee that may seem so insignificant to us made such an impact in his life.

    • I love that you spent your summers on mission trips Allison! What a beautiful gift to yourself as well as the people you served. My oldest daughter is wanting to serve in a foreign country this summer. She went on a short volunteer trip to Costa Rica her senior year in high school and it left a powerful impression on her. She joined me when our church was serving lunch to the homeless this past summer and I love to watch her! She had a smile and a few words for everyone she served. She engaged in deep conversations with a few. It was something truly magical to witness!

  4. Kimberly Lynn says:

    Wow this is an incredibly beautiful story. It made me tear up a little because this happens all the time. We get so caught up in our everyday routine that we forget to notice the ones around us. Such an inspiring read! I really enjoyed this!

    • Aww thank you Kimberly! It is so easy to just walk by and not pay attention to the people around us or even pick up the pace a little as we approach someone we
      would rather not engage with.. I’ve been guilty of that myself. And yet, time and again, when I’ve taken the time to give as little as a smile, a nod of the head or any sign that I saw and I cared, the gift I receive in return is beyond words. We are all human beings, needing and deserving compassion, love, respect… it takes so little time when you really think about it to make someone feel like he or she matters regardless of their circumstances 🙂

  5. samir hmdme says:

    great story! i was moved! thank you

  6. Christy Peeples DuBois says:

    You sharing this makes me think of one of my most favorite sayings/quotes; I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. I always try to remember this and I’ve stressed this to my daughters as well because in the grand scheme of life I believe I/we will receive tremendous blessings. Like you receiving the blessing.

  7. It’s really amazing how something that seems to simple to us can make such a big difference in someone else’s life. I’ve really been trying to think about this lately – thanks for the story and the encouragement.

    • You are most welcome Julie. I can not tell you how grateful I was for this moment with George. We all need reminders sometimes that the greatest gift we can offer is that of our time and attention. Making ourselves available is truly priceless.

  8. What a beautiful story! It takes so little time to make someone feel like they matter .

  9. Margaret Gallagher says:

    Wow this is amazing

  10. It’s good to remember what’s important in life ,we lose sight of this in our fast paced world.

    • So true April, and so sad how quickly we get caught up in things that don’t really add value to our life. I was so grateful for this simple but powerful reminder to slow down and connect with people who cross our path.

  11. eirini kourvouli says:

    Wow this is amazing

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