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An Accidental Invite at Thanksgiving

Dialing the wrong phone number can be awkward, embarrassing, and sometimes downright frustrating. When a young man forgot to notify his grandmother of a change in his cell phone number before Thanksgiving, however, the result was touching. Wanda Dench texted a number that had originally been her grandson's, inviting him over for a Thanksgiving meal. Instead of her grandson, the text went to 17 year-old Jamal Hinton. The two figured out the mistake quickly, but Hinton asked if it was possible to "still get a plate." In grandmotherly fashion, Dench responded, "Of course you can. That's what grandmas do." The story went viral online, perhaps as a hint of joy during such a bitter election season. When asked about the encounter after Thanksgiving, the young man said, "I'm thankful for all the nice people in the world. I never met her … and she welcomed me into her house, so that shows me how great of a person she is."

Potential Preaching Angles: If the church takes its mission to love its neighbors seriously, a few words in this story could be easily replaced. "Of course you can. That's what [Christians] do. … I'm thankful for all the [Christians] in the world. I've never met her … and she welcomed me into her house, so that shows me [the love of God inside of her]."

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