I ran into a local Dollar Tree today for some items to decorate ginger bread houses. While I was in line waiting to check out, I noticed a lady behind me….she was holding a pretty blue fan….she opened it and told me it was for her sister who had just moved to California. Out loud she wondered if this would be a nice Christmas gift. A pang of heart ache came upon me. I thought about how she had looked for just the right gift. The fan made sense because her sister could fan herself in the warm temperatures of California.
I thought about my sister, Candy. When she was alive she shopped at thrift shops and the dollar tree. It was all she could afford. And each thing she bought for others was chosen with much thought and love…and it gave her great happiness.
I asked "Lord, am I ever really grateful enough? Do I thank you enough for the life
I have, the "things" I possess….do I thank you enough for the freedom to shop pretty much wherever I want….and use the dollar tree for miscellaneous, often frivolous things? I think I am aware of the needs of others, but this moment in my day was a tremendous reminder of how blessed I am, not for what I "have" but for the people who pass through my life and teach me lessons as brilliant as the star filled sky."
I pray that I will never forget the blessings in my life….