Yeah, the kindness of strangers can be a big part of getting by, as poor gone-around-the-bend Blanche reminds us,
In our last post, Tim’s head was exploding because our son’s disability check didn’t show up and bill paying day was at hand. Some folks who read that post sent funds that more than covered the shortfall. We didn’t ask for the help – it just came.
OK, they weren’t total strangers, but they are far from folks we know well enough to call up and say, “Hey, give us some money.” In fact, we don’t even have the phone numbers of our latest benefactors.
It is hard to rely upon the kindness of others – be they family, friends or strangers. Pride looms up. There’s the manly “I can handle it myself” variety, and the prissy “People will look down on us!” vapors.
These thoughts deny the reality that we live in a constant state of grace, reliant upon others to care for us every bit as much as those in our care depend upon our efforts. Most of all, reliant upon a love that we can’t possibly earn or deserve,
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
That love came our way again, uninvited, in the form of those who reached out in our most recent need.
Meanwhile, we are in touch with a specific person at our local Social Security office (another reason to keep all the paperwork – sometimes there’s a name in that stuff), and should have Joey’s benefits restored shortly.
Thanks for your prayers and encouragement. These treasures also came our way since the last post. We pray that an abundance of gracious kindness comes your way in the days ahead.