Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for sharing your beautiful stories. I tried to read the comments aloud to my family and I really could not finish them without tearing up and ended up having to read the comments to myself.
Some of you mentioned acts of kindness that were so small, but meant so much. Life is short, but those acts of kindness, big or small, matter.
My random winner (# drawn out of a hat) is:
My middle son is disabled and needed a complicated surgery a few years ago. We were short a few thousand dollars and unable to get the surgery. Our family members had given all they had and we just prayed that somehow we would be able to raise the money. One night (right around Christmas) the doorbell rang, my kids eagerly ran to the door (there was a doorbell ditch Christmas goodie thing going on at our church) and there was a simple, red envelope on the porch. Inside was a bank check for the few thousand dollars we needed to get my son the surgery he needed. The experience still brings tears to my and my husband's eyes. We have no idea who was so generous, but hope that one day we can repay them and help someone else in need the way we were helped. And, after the birth of our disabled son, for about a year, random people in Walmart would stop me and ask if they could pray for us. Then they would take my hand and pray. I have had so may humbling experiences and felt some much kindness and love towards us through perfect strangers.
April 13th, 2011 at 7:54 a.m.
*I could not choose a favorite (every story was touching), but here are two comments that I wanted to highlight and I choose for the give-away.
5.When I turned forty I was hit with severe rheumatoid
arthritis. I had to wear splints on both wrists and my hands were so
badly affected I couldn't even turn a door knob. One day at the grocery
store, after paying there were a few plastic sacks for me to pick up -
and I just couldn't do it. I froze just staring at those bags. The
young mother that had been in front of me in line quickly saw my dilema,
smiled at me and grabbed up my bags. We walked out of the store
together and she carried my groceries to my car for me.
I was greatly touched by the kindness of this young woman and have never
forgotten how she swept in like an angel when she saw not only sacks
that needed picking up but a broken spirit that needed to be touched by
April 10th, 2011 at 7:57 a.m
39. Years ago now something happened that I still remember like it was yesterday. In fact, not long ago one of my 3 boys brought it up so it was something that he remembered to the day as well. We live in a very small town that at that time had around 3400 people. There was a small grocery store and the couple who owned it were very nice. This is one of those towns that everyone knows the latest gossip or what's going on. My ex wasn't the nicest guy to me or the kids and it involved calling the police to help me quite often so I'm sure that got around. Anyway, I was really scraping by on money while trying to work, have a house payment, car payment, and three children under the age of 4 given the fact I was blessed with twins. We were at this grocery store and of course, kids like they always do were asking for treats and I kept telling them no because we had to buy meals first. When I got to the front to pay, the owners wife ran the register back then and she rang up all the stuff we had gotten and then told me she was paying for everything AND then handed me something. I opened my hand and saw that she had just given me a $100 bill. I started bawling right then and there because other than holidays and stuff from my own Father, I'd never had anyone not related to me just give me that much money out of the goodness of her own heart. Do you have any idea how hard it is to actually express just how grateful you are to someone that's done something that amazing for you and even said it was not to be paid back?
April 14th, 2011 at 7:37 p.m.
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