Tuesday, June 24, 2008

regarding the mystery of who & what showed up on our doorstep

Last night while I was at my parent's house putting my sister's wedding announcements together and giving my dad fashion advice for my cousin's rehearsal dinner, some strange man showed up at our door step. I say strange in the sense that he was a stranger, as Ben did not recognize him; not that he in himself was an oddity. He asked Ben if the house was the residence of our family and when Ben confirmed that indeed, it was, he handed Ben an envelope.

Later that night, having arrived back home I sat on my bed folding laundry. When I finished I leaned back on my pillow at which point Ben handed me the envelope and related the story I have just told you and told me to open the envelope. I did. And wrapped in two pieces of white 20# bond paper was a significant amount of money. It took me a second for my brain to compute what I was holding in my hand as I shuffled through it, baffled. Ben told me the amount and I was even more astonished.

I don't know who it was who was so kind and generous. I was genuinely touched, and more. Things do get a little bit tight around here these days and we are on a rather strict budget at the moment, with some extra expenses on the horizon. So to who ever you are, if you read this blog: Thank you so much; your unanticipated gesture was greatly appreciated. May the Lord bless you.


  1. Wow. That gave me chills. What a wonderful blessing: the cash and the knowledge that someone (and Someone) is looking out for you.

    One year my grandpa sent us a significant amount of cash in an envelope with just a note saying he had been thinking of us. We really needed the money and we had told no one. I hope someday to be able to do the same thing for others, over and over.

  2. That is a great blessing. I'm glad to know that there are still good Samaritans out there. :)

  3. What a significant event and right in the midst of everything else happening (like your previous post). Isn't it reassuring that those moments of unexpected care from others come at times when we may not fully have time to stop and savor them. One of the best blessings to write down.