Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Gratitude

Father’s Day was filled with mixed emotions. It was the first time that both our kids were living elsewhere. They are great kids and called their dad to talk to him. I had made a special breakfast and we went off to church as usual.

During the break after worship, my husband does announcements. One of the elders said he has an announcement. This is not unusual, but what was unusual was all the elders got up. It seems for a while the elders have been collecting offerings for us. They wanted to bless us on Father’s Day with money to help pay off all the medical bills we incurred during Tom’s chemo and subsequent testing.

Our church is not very big, except it is filled with people with big hearts. They blessed us extravagantly. We were blown away by their generosity. It will cover not only Tom’s medical bills, but also cover my recent medical expenses. I was blessed beyond mere words can express.

Expressing gratitude seems to be inadequate at times like these. To our church Tom and want you to know, “We love you all so very much. We’re grateful and appreciate so very much your generosity to us.” May God bless you. May He open up His flood gates in heaven and pour down blessings on you.

© Nadine Z. 2007
Pictured above is our church.

28 comments:

Oldbrownshoe16 said...

Tom told me about this! What a wonderful gift! It's so great that the church is filled with kind and generous people.

palmtreefanatic said...

Amen!
That is fabulous Nadine! Our Heavenly Father Does take care of us!

Shionge said...

This is wonderful Nadine and yes....it is only at times like this we see the sincerity of those around us.

I'm glad you all did :)

eph2810 said...

Nadine - that is so awesome that they collected money for you guys to cover the bills :)
I don't think it matters how big a church is - but their hearts do :)

Be blessed today and always.

Two Write Hands said...

How wonderful for both of you to have that burden lifted! God is good.

Diane said...

What a wonderful gift! All the more special because of your gratitude. THIS is what the body of church really looks like!

I'm so glad you have found such a loving, generous, open-hearted family to worship with.

Diane

Erin said...

Your church's generosity made me cry! What an amazingly abundant gift. You guys are blessed beyond measure.

Karolee said...

Taking care of one another is a part of Fellowship. Sounds like your church family understands this.

Penless Thoughts said...

Putting feet to their words.....I love testimonies like this. I can only imagine how blessed you were...as must with the thoughts and caring as with the actual gift.
Susan

Jill@Who Could Ask for Anything More said...

What a wonderful blessing. Sometimes things occur for which there are no words... but I am so happy that you could pay off your medical bills. What an amazing church family you have.

Art said...

What a blessing to be associated with people so loving and caring. Good luck!

Melanie said...

That is awesome!! God is so good!

Stace said...

What a blessing! Thanks be to God! Wouldn't it be great if the world could see more of this side of Christianity?

Cheri said...

That's awesome!

Louise said...

AMEN!! That is so AWESOME!!! How great is our God!!

Sunydazy said...

It always brings me to tears when I see real love in action like that! More beautiful than a rose in bloom...

PromiseKeepersDaughter said...

Amazing church! I love it when you see God hand at work. Blessings.

~Crystal~ said...

He always meets our needs, doesn't he? The best part is when it's so unexpected how He does it.

Sandy said...

Love the generosity and so beautifully written.
Sandy
For Reluctant Entertainers

matthew said...

wow, you have a lot of friends nadine! ;) I'm glad to be one of them. I love you!

Drama Div@ said...

It is not right to just take things from God, we owe "Him" our gratitude in return too.

Trina said...

That is so neat!! What a blessing indeed. And their return will be great as well.

Tammy said...

Oh, what a blessing from your wonderful church home...and from God, Himself!
I'm sort of new to you, so didn't know about these medical problems you and your husband have faced. But isn't it wonderful our Heavenly Father not only sees but cares!
(((HUGS)))

Delina said...

What kind people!

Dedee said...

Sometimes thanks does seem inadequate, at times like these when blessings come from un-expected places, but what else can you say. The love of your congregation is a joy to experience through you!

cheeky said...

God is soo great. What a blessing you two have in your church family. He obviously lives in the heart of your church. It is so good to hear about these acts of love.
xo

Mrs.Martin said...

Nadine

What a blessing! And one that took a big hearts from your church congregation. Very happy for you both!

Lyndy said...

Hello Nadine, First time visitor. How wonderful that that you and your hubby were blessed with this gift. God is good.

Blessing to you.

Lyndy in GA