The Kindness of A Stranger

The letter carrier slapped a delivery slip into my mailbox last week, noting that there was a package for me to pick up at the post office.

I wasn’t waiting for my vitamin shipment…there had been no eBay order…and there wasn’t a birthday or anniversary on the immediate horizon.

My curiosity continued when I picked up the package and recognized neither the return address nor the beautiful, flowing handwriting which appeared on the box.

I opened it up on the spot and found a card and a gift wrapped in pink tissue paper. I turned my attention to the card first. It was from someone I’ve never met–there are fewer degrees of separation between me and President Obama than this thoughtful woman. Through word-of-mouth, she had gotten wind of a health challenge I have recently encountered. In response, she wrote one of the most loving and loveliest letters I have ever seen.

Not only had she taken the time to pray for me, but she had enclosed what is known as a “prayer shawl” and a hand-written note sharing great encouragement.

As the contents of the note sunk in, tears rolled down my cheeks. It was so touching and humbling that someone who doesn’t even know me had gone to such selfless effort.

For many years, I have prayed for people–some I know, some I don’t know. To now be on the receiving end, it showed me that we don’t know how much impact our actions can have. And this experience has inspired me to go from thinking about and praying for people in my life, to letting them know they are in my prayers.

I want to be the kind of person who writes a note to someone–even to a person I’ve never met–and actively passes on the gift of God’s love.

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