Billy Ray Harris Billy Ray Harris

You should know by now that if you come to this site, you’re going to get the WORD every now and again. That’s why I’m here.

Proverbs 22:6 (KJV) says: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

This scripture come to mind when I think of the homeless man, Bill Ray Harris, who two months ago, gained popularity when he returned an expensive engagement ring to a lady who accidentally put it in his cup.  Harris indicated that he took the ring to a jeweler who offered him $4000.  Harris said that the offer was tempting but he was not raised that way.  Instead of selling, the 55-year-old decided to wait to see if the lady would come back for the ring. A couple of days later, she did.

The Kansas City, Mo., man was befriended by Sarah Darling, whose engagement ring he returned. Wanting to help, Darling and her husband, Bill, set up a fund for Harris. They hoped to raise the $4,000 he had been offered.  The happy ending keeps getting happier for Billy Ray Harris.  He now has a home, a part-time job, and his long-lost family.  As word of the story spread, so did generosity to Harris. The fund now has more than $186,000 from 8,000-plus donors. More than money, Harris has received the priceless gift of reuniting with family he hadn’t seen in 16 years. His sister, Robin Harris Williams, recognized her older brother when the story of the ring in the change cup first began circulating.

Williams tracked him down from her home in Texas. The relatives planned a reunion for the summer. But the “Today” show surprised Harris by bringing his siblings to the morning program on Sunday. Harris said, as his family sat with him, “This was a total shock.” He added, “Got it all right here now.”

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