Thursday, July 30, 2009

Unexpected Blessings

I’m always amazed when God gives us blessings that appear so unexpectedly. These tender mercies appear in such surprising ways. Sometimes a stranger will say just what we needed to hear. Or a friend will share some thoughts that are heaven-sent. Or an act of kindness will cheer us just when we felt over-whelmed.

Last week I went to the Goodwill Store to buy some used books for my friend’s classroom. Her husband has lost his job, and she is returning to teaching after being a stay-at-home mom for years. Because she’s struggling financially, it’s been fun to help her get supplies for her classroom. As I was searching for the perfect books for her school library, I noticed a gorgeous jacket hanging on a rack. I’d been hoping for find that exact jacket for a long time, and there it was—just my size and so affordable. I really don’t believe that was a coincidence but was a tender mercy.

Years ago I met a mentally challenged, poor woman who had no family. I befriended her, invited her to family gatherings, and remembered her on holidays. I wanted her to feel loved and cherished, but she has loved me so generously and in such a genuine, pure way. The love I gave returned to me many-fold with the love of this good woman.

I visit some elderly seniors in a retirement home. My visits are meant to cheer and bless these elderly angels, but they have enriched my life in ways that are indescribable. Although I never knew the love of a grandmother, I feel that I now have many grandmothers who love me unconditionally. What a priceless gift!

Yesterday I spent the day taking my granddaughter back-to-school shopping. It was a long, strenuous day—but so fun! While we were visiting, we mentioned she wanted to earn some money for school necessities and would love to organize my closets—and I’ve been praying for someone to do it! Oh, so many blessings!

I am amazed at the many blessings—big and small—that God gives us. Sometimes they are so unexpected and undeserved—but always, they are so welcome.

© Carol Brown


  1. Amen, Carol - expecially to your last paragraph.

  2. I have been a witness to the tender mercies of Heavenly Father also. Just when you feel you are at your end, it is nice to have this blessing. Often these tender mercies come through my very special friend!


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