Saturday, February 15, 2014

Isn't That Cool?

But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Hebrews 13:16

I found myself smiling yesterday, not because of my own Random Acts of Kindness, but because of how God can bring them full circle and bless me right back. You might think, like me, that blessing someone else is a reward of its own, and it is, but I was doubly blessed by a few random happenings totally unconnected to what I had done.

Yesterday morning I set out to deliver one more package. It was not unlike the boxes I sent out in the mail, but it was in a small gift bag and included some pretty tissue paper and a bag of dark chocolates. I left it in the elementary school office and asked if someone could deliver it to the unsuspecting librarian. Before heading back home I stopped at the library in the little town of Ontario, NY where my mission was to find a copy of Disney's movie Tangled. On a whim I perused the shelves and grabbed a few books too.

As the librarian renewed my expired card and I payed my $2.10 fine, we struck up a small conversation. "It's a rather random assortment," I commented on my selection. The book on learning to play harmonica lay near the top of the pile. "I have a whole boxful of harmonicas. My dad played harmonica and used to take it into the nursing homes along with his guitar or banjo and do Gospel and Song," I told her.

She looked at me quizzically and asked, "What was his name?" When I told her, she said, "Did he used to go to Maplewood?" It seems that years ago, when she was first starting out, she had worked at Maplewood and remembered my father being there. "He was a wonderful man," she said. I thanked her and found myself smiling on the way out the door.


And then, what do you know? I checked the mail when I got home and found a package with my very own name on it. My friend Patricia in Erie, PA had sent me a Tall Ships coloring book. How cool is that?

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  1. Love, love, LOVE this. The whole thing. Sweet blessings all around....full circle. It's just great!

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    1. It would be fun to hear about how others are unexpected blessed doing Random Acts of Kindness. It's all part of the adventure!

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    1. :0)
      And a couple loaves of bread to boot!

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  3. I cried reading the part about the girl remembering Dad. It's just so neat that a random stranger that you were talking to remembered him from years ago, and commented on him like that. He was wonderful man. So fun reading about your random acts of kindness. Sounds like you are being blessed.

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    1. Always love it when someone remembers Dad! One of the guys from Browncroft asked me if I knew Al Plotzker after I'd told how Dad used to go into the nursing homes. I couldn't help but smile when I said, "He's my dad."
      Yes, I am blessed. You need to join the fun, Rachel. And then you'll have something to blog about.
      :0)

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  4. I love the story of your dad in Maplewood and she remembered. Blessing old and new just covering us this week like a blanket of love.

    And your tall ship coloring book. It's a downpour of blessings.

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    1. Patricia has no idea about the Random Acts of Kindness we are doing and that makes it all the better. I met her a few years back through my mom in law and now she's my friend too.

      Love the blanket analogy. Can't wait to see what happens this next week. I don't even have a plan yet. No worries, God has one.
      :0)

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  5. I enjoyed the package left in the elementary office very much,

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