One evening we went out and rescued four people off the streets. One of them was in a desperate condition. I told the sisters, “You take care of the others. I will care or this one who is worse off.” I did everything for her that my love could do. I put her into bed, and I saw a beautiful smile light up her face. She squeezed my hand and only managed to say two words, “Thank you.” And then she closed her eyes.
I couldn’t help but ask myself there beside her body, “What would I have said if I had been in her place?” My answer was very simple. I would have said that I was hungry, that I was dying, that I was cold. Or I would have said that this or that part of my body hurt or something like that.
But she gave me much more. She gave me her grateful love. And she died with a smile on her face.
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