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How would You react?

How would your Church react should the pastor duplicate the following:
You never know what a kind word, a phone call,
or an impromptu visit will do for someone else.
It was a cold winter's day that Sunday. The parking
lot to the church was filling up quickly. I noticed as I got out of my car
that fellow church members were whispering among themselves as they
walked to the church.
As I got closer I saw a man leaned up against the wall outside the 
church.  He was almost laying down as if he was asleep. He had
on a long trench coat that was almost in shreds and a hat topped his head,
pulled down so you could not see his face. He wore shoes that looked 30
years old, too small for his feet with holes all over them, his toes stuck
out. I assumed this man was homeless, and asleep, so I walked on by
through the doors of the church. We all gathered  for fellowship for a few
minutes, and someone brought up the man laying outside. People snickered
and gossiped but no one bothered to ask him to come in, including me. A few
moments later church began. We all waited for the Preacher to take his
place and to give us the Word, when the doors to the church opened.
In came the homeless man walking down the aisle with his head down. 
People gasped and whispered and made faces. He made his way
down the aisle and up onto the pulpit he took off his hat and coat. My heart
sank. There stood our preacher... he was the "homeless man."  No one said a
word. The preacher took his Bible and laid it on the stand. "Folks, I don't
think I have to tell you what I am preaching about today."  Then he started
singing the words to this song. "If I can help somebody as I pass along. If I
can cheer somebody with a word or song. If I can show somebody that he's
traveling wrong. Then my living shall not be in vain." 
Justice --- When you get what you deserve
Mercy ----- When you don't get what you deserve
Grace ----- When you get what you don't deserve

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