Stopped at the grocery store to purchase some cold cuts and loaded the cart up with 25 pounds of bologna and continued shopping. A woman walked over to my cart and asked: ‘May I ask if that bologna is for you?” No it is not was the reply, the bologna is for a ministry that a few Christians friends are part of, the ministry is the “Sandwich Ministry” and sandwiches are provided for the homeless and people in need.
She said: “What a wonderful thing to do.” A conversation developed and she said that her name was Charlotte and that she was a retired school teacher from New England and that she is a Catholic. She was asked if she believed that she was going to heaven and she responded by saying: “I hope so, I pray to the saints and to the blessed Virgin Mary and not long ago I visited Lourdes in France and as I walked up to the statue of the “Lady of Lourdes” I felt myself feeling so good.” It was mentioned to Charlotte that the Bible teaches that we are not to honor man but God and although a person may admire people, including the Lady of Lourdes and people called saints that they are just people and our praise and worship should be to God alone.
Charlotte was asked if she ever told a lie, did she ever steal anything, had she ever been disobedient to her parents or did she ever take God’s name in vain. She responded by saying: “I don’t ever remember being disobedient to my parents but I am guilty of the others”. Charlotte was then asked if God were to judge her by His law did she believe that she would be innocent or guilty. She said that she believed she would be found guilty. It was then said to her that the Bible teaches that we all have sinned and did she know that there is nothing anyone can do to wash their sins away and Jesus himself said that no one can come to the Father except through Him and that unless a person is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Charlotte then asked: “How can I be born again?” It was said to her the the Scriptures teach that we must repent of our sins before God and believe that God’s Son Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and that Jesus was buried and that God raised Jesus from the dead. Charlotte moved her shopping cart over to be out of people’s way and as she put her hand over her heart tears began to roll down her face and she said: “Can I pray now?
Other shoppers now gathered their shopping carts around Charlotte’s and Scripture was quoted to her from Romans 10:9-10: “That if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” We bowed our heads in that grocery store and Charlotte prayed out loud the salvation prayer: “O God I am a sinner, I ask that you forgive my sins, and God I want to share with You that I believe your Son Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins and I believe You raised Jesus from the dead. I now place my trust in Jesus and receive Him as my Savior and Lord. Amen.”
Charlotte was broken and as tears filled her eyes she said that she was so thankful. We talked for a moment and praised God that he had our paths cross this day so that she could hear the truth of God’s Word. We said good bye and it was promised that our body of Christ would be praying for her and she was reminded to pray to God that he would fill her each day with His Holy Spirit.
For all who read this encounter, would you please pray for Charlotte, and if you are not sure about where you will spend eternity, you can pray right now and receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord. Remember God has brought you across this story because he loves you and God’s desire is for you to believe in His Son Jesus so that you too can be with God in his heaven.