She had no use for strangers. She didn’t trust anyone she didn’t know. It didn’t dawn on her that she was just as much a stranger in the eyes of those who didn’t know her—that is, until the day she went to a free outdoor concert.
When she arrived, she stood in the shade to escape the August sun. But her knees soon buckled. As she started to slump, a stranger caught her before she hit the dirt. He cradled her in his arms. Another ran for help, and a third brought water to hydrate her. They stayed with her until she felt better. How ironic when she learned they all lived a few blocks from her neighborhood. Once home, she thanked God for realizing we are all friends-in-the-making and we all have a role in protecting one another.
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