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Thank You, Unknown Friend

Several weeks ago, I showed up at work on a Monday feeling sort of down.  It was a gray day and things had not been terrible, but they also hadn’t been awesome.  It was just a hard stretch of road I was on at the time and I had a moment of questioning in my car that morning:  do You really see me here, God?

When I got to work I found a card in my box with a gift inside and a Starbucks card (the ultimate gift!)  The money was a great blessing, the Starbucks card was a great treat, but the card was the real treasure.  It said:  we just want you to know that you’re loved.  Since there was no signature, I knew it was straight from God Himself – a note to remind me on a hard day that He still saw, still knew, still cared, still loved.  He is so good that way and I’m amazed at the way people hear and respond to Him.

Every week for the next several weeks, a new card was in my box with a gift.  Every week, it was a crystal clear reminder that we are intimately loved by the God who has infinite resources.

I don’t know who gave those beautiful cards and gifts, but I hope you read my blog because I want you to know how you have been the hands and handwriting of Jesus for us these past few weeks.  Thank you is small here on earth, but I believe that our words reverberate in heaven and I know for sure that our good and true Father will pay you back in about a million ways.

Thank you.  We are blessed.


Bo for Team Stern


P.S.  If you have a friend going through an extended season of suffering, please know that every single act of kindness adds strength to their fight.  Notes, flowers, coffee – all these things swirl together to remind those on a rough road that they are not alone.

February 17, 2012 - 9:00 am

Annie Chabot - Touching and beautiful as usual. You have a strange knack in my life for bringing out the emotion strongest in my heart through your words. I thank God for you and Steve.
Blessings abundant!

February 17, 2012 - 5:14 pm

LeeAnn Rawlins - So love reading what you write. God has gifted you in writing.
As I read about the cards and gifts it reminded me that when my honey died and I thought I could not go on – God opened the windows of heaven and poured love down on me. During that time I wrote a little book I calledit my ” Bear it Book” every time He sent me some love I wrote it down. Wow what a blessing that little book was to me. On really hard days it brought me hope and love. God bless you as you walk thorugh these hard days. He is giving you gifts “to Bear it too” I send my love

February 20, 2012 - 11:39 am

Carol Fong - Bo, we are your friends from afar, but you are blessing my life. Many years ago, Dr. Charles L. Copenhaver wrote these wonderful words in an article called “It Was Good for Me.”
“He cannot heal who has not suffered much,
For only Sorrow sorrow understands;
They will not come for healing at our touch
Who have not seen the scars upon our hands.”

My love to you, Bo and Steve,
Carol Fong

February 20, 2012 - 11:50 am

bo - Thank you, darling friend. Love you.

February 20, 2012 - 11:51 am

bo - Thank you so much, LeeAnn – your words carry great weight. Thank you for sharing this great idea – I think my blog has become something of that for me. On low days, I look back to remind myself that He shines through and brings hope. Bless you!

February 20, 2012 - 11:51 am

bo - Ah, Carol – we sure miss you. I love what you shared. I will save it and read it often.