3 HEALING WORDS CHANGED EVERYTHING

It was a transaction like innumerable others happening every day all over the world—except for his last three words. I, the lone convenience store customer at that early hour, had nodded at the tall, solemn, unsmiling man behind the cash register and ventured down the aisle. I hadn't slept all that well the night before. I was miles from home, still had a long drive ahead of me, and was feeling a bit tired and out of sorts.

Stopping at the register to pay for my purchase, I took a closer look at the man. I wondered if perhaps he was originally from India. Had he immigrated to the United States and opened this store along busy Interstate 24? Was that his wife stocking the shelves? But all I said was, "How much do I owe you?" I took my change and turned to leave. That's when the man said, "God bless you." I felt that he meant it, too. Smiling, I turned back, and nodding, I said, "And you, too," and then headed to my car.

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