Magnificat Cab Driver

My cab drivers and I often read the Magnificat in the mornings on the way to the airport.  Over the years, I have found it almost universally well-received regardless of our potential religious differences.  It all started when one of them observed me reading with a little light at 5AM en route to the airport.  She asked me if I’d read the prayer or meditation to her.  Right away I began asking all of them if they wanted me to read silently or out loud in the car together. Last week, as my wife and I boarded a cab again for the airport, we weren’t half way down our street before the graying man asked, “Doc, can you pull out your little prayer book and read to me the way you used to?”  I didn’t recognize him and he detected that.  “Doc, I used to drive you before this gray hair and then I moved away. A lot has happened to me since, and those prayers we did together helped me a lot.”  I was moved but apologized that on this day my phone (with its Magnificat app) and the hard copy Magnificat were both in the trunk.  The driver dutifully said, “Well then read this one, and sorry that it’s so wrinkled.  This is the paper that you read the last time we were together and you offered to tear it out for me. I have read it hundreds of time since then and carry it in my cab every day.”  He gave it to us to read while he drove: “Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?…will He not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?” Mt 6:26-30

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