When Kristina and I eloped to Mount Rainier, we had several mishaps, beginning with nearly falling of the mountain. Those details can be found in a previous post. But this started a phrase, “The Unexpected Blessing,” where we look for the blessing in troubled times. In truth, we used the phrase prior to this, but the events caused us to adopt it as a family philosophy.
I say this to segue to the story of when my home was burgled just before Christmas in 2008. I was angry, hurt and well, misanthropic (a word playfully used to describe me a lot). Anyway, what I did to work through this frustration was to volunteer at a shelter, where there were others suffering far worse than my petty theft problem. By reaching out and helping others, I received an unexpected blessing and an ability to forgive the unknown perpetrators. My spirit was lifted, and a wonderful Christmas was still had.
Point 3 of my presentation: I have an opportunity if your spirits are in need of lifting. I have a friend who is in need. The need is greater than I can give to solve it. So I am asking for help from my many generous friends, family and readers. The link below contains the details of Amy’s need. Also from there, a donation can be made.
YouCaring.com Website (opens in a new window)
I have personally known Amy for many years. She has been a good friend and has dispensed some very fine advice in my troubled times. Amy is a strong person with a frail body due to her chronic illness. Despite that challenge, she volunteers at church, at charities and fundraisers for others whenever her strength will allow. She has a giving-spirit. So, my wife and I have been moved to do what we can to help her be treated as she treats others.
But as I said, temporary living expenses and mold infestation are too great of problems for me to solve on my own. I am reaching out to those who are able to spare just a little in hopes of assisting her other friends to raise enough money to give Amy a secure place to live again.
Please consider this seriously. Ask yourself how much you spend on Starbucks during the week or beer on the weekend or even what a routine lunch at McDonald’s costs. If that is all you can afford, know that it will help. Also know that you can help her find the unexpected blessing with your gift – and likely you too will receive one in kind.
Thank you in advance.