A Broken Furnace, Cold Children, and an Act of Compassion

Real Clear Satire was created to help victims of childhood trauma find healing. Occasionally, we pause from humor to share stories of compassion we discover as is the case in this post. If this post touches your heart, please share it with your friends. 

Bridget Stevens is a busy mom with two small children. An active member of the National Guard, her husband is deployed overseas. So when something breaks, she has to hire help. 

Recently, Bridget came home to a freezing house that was too cold for her children. She called Betlyn Heating and Cooling, a family-owned HVAC company located just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

As the owner of the company was working on her furnace, he asked Bridget about herself. She shared that her husband had been stationed overseas.  

Having barely enough money to support her family, Bridget felt a tinge of fear as Mr. Betlyn handed her the invoice, especially since an evening call would incur a premium rate.

“After he was finished, I was a little apprehensive about how much it was going to cost,” Bridget said. 

When she opened the invoice she noticed it said, “DEPLOYMENT DISCOUNT.” The total bill for the service was $1. 

As an owner of a small business, Mr. Betlyn has his own family to support as well as the families of his employees. Yet, he unselfishly put the young mother and her little children ahead of his own interests.

Despite all the anger and bitterness we’ve seen in the media in recent years, God’s compassion still shines through the heart of good people like Mr. Betlyn.

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