As our Bible study was ending today, one of the women mentioned the upcoming annual women's holiday dinner which is held at our church each year in early November. Women volunteer to decorate and host a table.
While my decorating talents leave much to be desired, I did attend a couple of years ago and sat at a beautifully decorated table done by one of my friends. It was just a lovely evening of fellowship, a bit of pampering and an opportunity to admire the beautiful creativity of other women.
Over the past couple of years however, I have been hesitant to spend money on wants rather than needs. This is not to say that I do not pamper myself now and then. It's just that I realize that I simply cannot always do what I would like to do.
As I listened to her extend the invitation to join her at her table, I felt a stirring deep within my heart. I really wanted to go. We weren't going to have a speaker this year like we usually do. We were simply going to enjoy one another's company and I knew that I needed something like that. Besides, my husband was going to be out of town that weekend and while I was going to be traveling out-of-state the next day to attend the 40th anniversary party of one of my cousins and her husband, I realized that it really would be good for me to go to this event as well. I needed it.
I thought for a moment. I did have some money left after I'd bought groceries this week so I could cover it. After our closing prayer, I approached the woman and told her I wanted to be a part of her group. Since I had the money now, I would pay her today, even though it is a few weeks away. I started to open up my purse when another woman walked over and stopped me. "I want to pay for your ticket." Then she proceeded to not only purchase my ticket but also a ticket for another woman in our group who is going through a difficult time.
Tears filled my eyes as I thanked her and hugged her. What a blessing it is to unexpectedly receive a gift! Overwhelmed I once again started to thank her but my voice broke and all I could do was give her another hug. You see, she reminded me that though life might be challenging at the moment, above all I am loved. I am loved by God and I am loved by His children.
Often we will give gifts of love to our family and perhaps our closest friends. Today I was reminded that as important as that it, I need to move beyond those "four walls" and make a conscious effort to give others a gift from the heart. This is the way we ought to live. Are we?
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As I read this, I could easily visualize these scenes unfolding, and how readily I could relate to this "unexpected gift" of which you spoke, because just yesterday I received an "unexpected gift" myself.
I was at the dentist's office, and after the exam, the X-rays, and a tentative scheduling for a return visit, the receptionist greeted me with a $53.00 credit (toward my $58.00 bill) from my former Dental Ins. Co. I was surprised and wonderfully thrilled, because all I had to pay was $5.00.
Blessings to the nice lady who paid for your ticket and the other lady's as well. Thank you for sharing this lovely story. It was truly a blessing!