In 2012, my husband had a life-changing medical event and was off work for nearly a year. At Christmas-time that year, he got word that there was a package for him at his place of employment. He stopped one day to pick up it up, and brought home two enormous gift bags the size of large garbage bags. The folks at his shop said only that one of their customers, who had heard about Rich’s injury, stopped by with the package – they didn’t know who it was or weren’t telling.
We gathered the entire family around to open the gift. We were awestruck by what we saw. Though not knowing us at all, someone had tried to find gifts appropriate for each person in the family. There were games, and blankets, and candles, and decorative pillows, and treats, and all kinds of goodies. In addition to the thoughtful trinkets, there was a devotional book along with a Christmas card about the Savior of the World.
We were all completely humbled that someone we didn’t know would have taken the time and effort to have so elaborately put together as thoughtful of a package as they possibly could without knowing the family. All they knew was that Rich was out of work – and they felt his family should get to have a Christmas.
We tried to find out who had left the gift so that we could properly thank them, but were never able to. In reality, I don’t believe they did it to receive a thank you.
I wept hard that night at the thought of the compassion bestowed upon us. I vowed to always do my best to do similar for other families, and every year, now, I look for opportunities to be a blessing to others
Just a few weeks ago, one of the store managers where Rich works had a heart attack, and is off work for 8 weeks. Almost immediately after it happened, Rich asked if we could organize a financial gift for him and his family. He said he’d like to ask the other guys in the shop to contribute but didn’t know what kind of response he’d get. I assured him that we’d be happy to not only organize, but fill the gap to make it a good financial blessing for his family. He got to work collecting money, and we put the final amount into a card last Friday and gave it to the man, who was overwhelmed with emotion.
The following day, Rich found out that the company had achieved a sales target it had been trying to achieve for 4 years, and so gave everyone in the company a bonus – it happened to be the exact amount that we had put into the envelope for the manager. My husband was surprised about this. When he told me about it, I simply smiled and thought, “you can’t out-give God.” This is a principal I’ve long known, and it is a such a blessing for me to see that others can see it as well.
Be Blessed today, my friends!
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