I saw his hands shaking from where I was standing, across the street.
I looked at the old man for a minute or two, and then he looked up at me.
In his eyes, I saw pain and despair, I could feel him desperately willing me to care.
And I did, Lord, how could I not?
I wanted to hear his story, maybe over a drink with him.
I wanted him to share his glory, and tell me the places he’s been.
I want to just sit down and talk, with that man across the street.
I smiled and he returned it, then he beckoned to me.
In a coffee shop down the road, that old man changed my life.
By telling me about himself, and about his late wife.
He says she was a great woman, she was his inspiration.
He says “I’ll let you get going, wouldn’t want to waste your day, son.”
I said “Don’t you worry now, this is where I want to be.”
And I did, Lord, I didn’t want to leave.
I wanted to hear the rest of his story, maybe over a beer or two.
I wanted to know about the glory, that it seems he once knew.
I wanted to talk forever, with this man I had just met.
But after just an hour, it seemed we were the best of friends.
I went home that night, and thought about everything he’d said.
His words were all that was on my mind as I laid there in bed.
He must have been about eighty five, and I’m only thirty two now.
But that old man taught me a great deal, about what life’s really about.
Early the next morning, I got up to go to work.
I smiled as I remembered that wise old man’s words.
I turned on the T.V., and put it on the news.
There was a picture of him on his porch, not wearing any shoes.
The headline read “Old Man Found Dead in Rocking Chair,”
As I felt a tear roll down my cheek, all I could do was stare.
It was almost like God gave him one more day to change a life,
And I couldn’t be any more grateful, that the one he changed was mine.
I’m so glad I got to hear his story, I got to buy a beer for him.
I got to feel all his glory, that he’d been holding in.
I only talked to him for two hours, but he bettered my whole life.
I thanked him and then smiled, and imagined him with his wife.
I only hope that when I’m that old, I can be.
A man that can change another man’s life, just like he did for me.