And a child shall lead

The innocence and tender heart of a child prompts action that adults hesitate to take.

Josiah Duncan, a 5-year-old boy from Prattville, Alabama, was eating with his mother at a Waffle House restaurant when he noticed a dirty-looking man holding a bag outside. He was immediately curious and concerned.

Even after his mother, Ava Faulk, explained that the man was “homeless,” the boy wanted to know more.

Photo credit: Ava Faulk, screengrab via WFSA-TV

“What does that mean?” the boy asked.

“Well, that means he doesn’t have a home,” his mom answered.

After learning the man had no home and seemingly no family or friends to rely on, the boy was the most upset by the fact that the man had no food to eat. So, he told his mom that they needed to feed him, a good deed she was happy to help her son commit.

“He came in and sat down, and nobody really waited on him. So Josiah jumped up and asked him if he needed a menu because you can’t order without one,” Faulk recalled to WFSA-TV.

Josiah and his mom told the man he could order whatever he wanted, which eventually included a good serving of bacon. By this point, the mother said there were 11 people in the restaurant watching the 5-year-old’s touching actions.

But it would be the boy’s final gesture — after the food arrived — that would leave the entire room in tears, according to the mother.

Josiah belted out a passionate blessing of the food in the middle of the Waffle House.
“God our Father, God our Father, we thank you, we thank you, for our many blessings, for our many blessings, Amen, Amen,” he proclaimed.

“The man cried. I cried. Everybody cried,” Faulk said.

 The homeless man then ate his food and left the restaurant, his destination unclear. However, he’ll likely never forget Josiah.

As for his mother, Faulk said what her son did in that Waffle House “will be forever one of the greatest accomplishments as a parent I’ll ever get to witness.”

found on 5/18/15 posted by Jason Howerton

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Comments (14)

  1. noahbody

    A beautiful heart he clearly learned from his parents….

    May 19, 2015
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  2. scorpiotiger

    A little Angel…

    May 19, 2015
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      Which at times his mother, I’m sure would debate

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  3. willsblog

    He is a normal child. Instead of this being the exception, it should be and could be the norm. The problem is that the godless wonders want everything left in government control. What you have when you leave it in the government’s hands is chaos, fraud, graft, greed, and avarice. When you leave the hungry and homeless in God’s hands, great things happen as this incident shows. The pay it forward mentality is a good one but, deterred by the entitlement mentality that is fed by the Liberals.

    May 19, 2015
  4. Bettymom

    What a sweet boy! I think most kids are naturally generous like that but get it beaten out of them by the time they get to be teenagers.

    May 19, 2015
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      Unfortunately for most!

      May 19, 2015
  5. crazycatlady666

    Omg Dx i cried..thats so sweet.

    May 22, 2015
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      Indeed it is

      May 22, 2015
  6. joshuaeom1964

    Child should lead the conference and program of the superiorpapers festivity. The acts and joys of the young fry the leadership of the young are amazing and great source of interest. It is implemented and advanced for the goodness and triumph.

    April 26, 2016
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    May 21, 2015