Well God did the blessing but free cycle was the messenger.
MJ and I have decided to use a real tree this year. We have a nice fake but I hate it. It does not smell like Christmas to me. So we decided on a real one.
Anyway last week I saw a lady asking for a fake tree. Her daughter is not well, depressed or such and the lady felt perhaps a tree would help, but could not afford one.
So after consulting MJ, I offered her ours. We can replace it easy enough after the new year if we want to.
When we took it down last year we left lights on it. We lucked into a huge supply of lights at a church sale a couple years ago, and still have at least 2 boxes unopened.
The lady emailed but instead of the usually thanks got it, she told about setting it up and how nice it is with the lights on it.
She sounded so happy it made me smile.
We ourselves are facing several temporary challenges right now. The doc actually said I am under too much stress… but this lady took time to let me know I had helped her and hopefully helped her daughter as well.
Words can not express what that gesture did for my mind set this day. I have a lot to do and a lot of pain to handle while doing it (had a semi bad fall at work yesterday) but her note lifted some of the ache from my shoulders.
Isn’t it funny how though my situation is unchanged at this moment, I can feel better because some one else feels better?
Isn’t it awesome how God uses us in the unaware moments when we do something that to us is no big deal but to some one else it can change their outlook?
The tree will not be missed by us, nor the lights yet it made her so happy, better, she says her daughter is interested in it! All because we decided to change a small thing in our celebration this year.
May God allow you all to see the blessings you share in the small things you do.