A little boy, about 10 years old, was standing barefooted and shivering before a shoe store on the roadway and peering through the window.
A lady approached the young boy and said, “My, but you’re in such deep thought staring at the window!”
“I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes,” he replied.
The lady took him by the hand, went into the store, and asked the clerk to get half a dozen pairs of socks. She then asked if he could give her a basin of water and a towel. He quickly brought them to her.
She took the little fellow to the back part of the store and, removing her gloves, knelt, washed his little feet, and dried them with the towel.
By this time, the clerk had returned with the socks. Placing a pair upon the boy’s feet, she then purchased him a pair of shoes.
She tied up the remaining pairs of socks and gave them to him. She patted him on the head and said, “No doubt, you will be more comfortable now.”
As she turned to go, the astonished boy caught her by the hand, and looking up into her face, with tears in his eyes, asked her, “Are you God's wife?”
Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia (1924-1998)