"Dede's Walk With God"

King of Kings

I Know Who Holds Tomorrow
 A True Inspiring Story

  I just returned from New Jersey. While en route there, I was stuck in
  traffic on Interstate 81, just below the Virginia state line, (Bristol,
  Tennessee), due to a traffic accident with a fatality involved. This
  accident involved a tanker truck hauling a hazardous material load that
  developed a leak, which meant that we weren't going anywhere for several
  After being told by the Tennessee state troopers that we would be
  sitting still until the clean up was completed, I set my brakes on the
  truck and got our to stretch my legs. Other truck drivers did the same,
  and at one point there were 5 of us standing there by my truck,

  Sitting right beside me in the left lane, were two elderly people in a
  Silverado pick up truck, which was loaded quite well. The man, (Joe),
  lowered his window and asked what was going on regarding the traffic
  Soon we were all talking with this couple. I mentioned that if I had
  known about this, I would have bought something to drink, (water), for
  I was becoming thirsty. The lady, (Anna), said that they had plenty of
  water, and sodas in the cooler in the bed of the truck, and offered
  everyone present something. While she was back there, she said that she
  had plenty of tuna salad made up, and asked if we would be interested in
  a sandwich.

  After some urging from Joe, we agreed to a sandwich. While Anna was
  making the sandwiches on the tailgate of the truck, she was singing
  like a songbird. To be close to 70, (I guess), she had a remarkable
  When she finished making the sandwiches, and putting everything up,    
  Joe raised the tailgate of the truck to close it. I noticed a Mississippi
  license plate on it. I inquired as to what part of Mississippi they
  were from. Joe said Biloxi. Knowing that Biloxi had been ravaged also
  by hurricane Katrina, I asked if they sustained any damage. Joe said
  that they lost everything but what they had on and what was in the
  pickup. All of us drivers tried unsuccessfully to pay them for their
  drinks and the sandwiches. They would have nothing to do with it.

  Joe said that their son was living around Harrisonburg, Virginia and
  that they were going there. He was in the real estate business and that
  there was a home that became open, and that they were going to start
  all over there. Staring over at their age would not be easy.
  I will soon be 48 years old, and I have say that I have never eaten a
  tuna sandwich with side orders of reality and humility. These people
  lost everything except the pictures, important documents, and some
  clothes. Joe had managed to get their antique heirloom grandfathers
  clock into the bed of the truck and Anna got her china and silverware,
  but that was all. These wonderful people lost practically everything
  they owned and still would not accept any money for their food and
  drinks. Joe said that "it was better to give than it is to receive."

  They sought refuge behind a block wall that he had built years ago, and
  they watched their belongings and their home disappear in the winds of
  Hurricane Katrina. Joe said that during all this he had one hand
  holding onto Anna and the other holding on to God. Their truck and
  themselves came out of Katrina unscathed.
  As I stated before, Anna was singing a song while making the sandwiched.
  The song is titled "I know who holds tomorrow," an old gospel song. She
  knew every word, and was quite a gifted singer of it. Have you ever
  heard it?

  The chorus of this song is, " Many things, about tomorrow, I don't seem
  to understand. But I know who holds tomorrow, and I know who holds my

  There is no doubt, in my mind, who was holding both their hands. I know
  there have been many, many email that have circulated over the years
  about things that will touch your heart, but this one I personally was
  involved in.

  Forget all of the politics that the news is striving on, and think about
  people just like Joe and Anna. If you can, help out with the victims
  relief funds.
  If you cannot, at least offer a prayer for everyone.

  Do what you wish with this email, forward it, delete it, whatever.
  I know that these two elderly people got to this old boy. I will always
  remember them. Joe and Anna, if by some strange way you, or someone you
  know gets this, and shows it to you,
God Bless you!
Author:  Mike Dowdy 
Hartselle, Alabama

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