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As the mother of a disabled child (now adult), I frequently had "down" times when I worried and felt hopeless. About 15 years ago I attended a meeting dealing with educational needs of the disabled. At some point during a break, a man I didn't and still don't know came up to me and looked at me with such an amazing look of love. He said, "I can see that you are really feeling bad. I promise things will look better. They're never as bad as we think they're going to be. I'll remember you in my prayers."

I guess it just mattered that someone acknowledged my pain. I was person who needed comfort...He was a stranger who gave a small measure of it. I've never forgotten that he stuck out his neck and tried to help.

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