Frances Green never dreamed she would be invited to the White House. She was eighty-three years old and lived alone in San Francisco on a small, fixed income. One day, to her utter surprise and delight, she received an elegant invitation to come to the White House to meet President Reagan! She thought maybe it was because, although she had very little, she faithfully gave one dollar to support the Republican National Committee every year.
Friends helped her save enough money to make the trip and soon she was on her way to Washington D.C. Unfortunately, however, Frances had not seen the RSVP note inside her envelope, the one that required a substantial contribution in order to be included.
When she arrived at the White House gate, this dear elderly lady was turned away by the guard. Her name didn’t appear on his official list. She was devasted.
Behind her in line was a kind man who overheard her conversation with the guard. He could tell what had happened, so he asked her to meet him at nine o’clock the next morning at the White House. She agreed.
Frances arrived the following morning and this gentleman had arranged for a wonderful White House tour. He personally guided her and talked about the many wonderful rooms and historical items.
When Frances and her escort arrived at the Oval Office, high-ranking generals were coming and going. Then President Reagan spotted Frances outside the door.
He got up from his desk and said, “Ah, Frances! Those computers, they fouled up again! If I’d known you were coming, I would have come out there to meet you myself!”
He invited Frances to join him in the Oval Office. There they chatted about California, her family, and how she was doing.
The President understood this woman had nothing to give. But he knew he had something to give Frances. He gave her compassion and kindness.
A little kindness can make the difference in someone’s life. And it is so easy to share!
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion and kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12
In our high-tech and demanding culture, we’re often rushing to and from events, never taking time to stop and consider those around us who have profound needs. Let’s learn from one of our nation’s great patriots. Take time to share the love of Jesus with those who are waiting at the gate, perhaps without a ticket to enter in.
By Vonette Bright, In His Hands
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