Tonight, John and I went to an Advent celebration with a group of friends from Marriage Encounter. It was a wonderful evening, full of great sharing with amazing friends. when John and I got home from the celebration, the message light on our answering machine was blinking. I pressed the button and this is what I heard:
You should have seen me, jumping up and down and laughing and clapping my hands like a little child. John also laughed. Then, Ben came in the room and we played it for him and he laughed and laughed. I do not know who is behind this phone call, but it really made my day. How wonderful that someone read my blog post about seeing Santa’s sleigh and wanted to find a way to continue the magic!
As I replayed the message to try to figure out how to include it in this post, I just could not stop smiling. Tonight’s message at our Advent celebration was all about relying on others and accepting help. I admitted, during the sharing, how hard it is for me to trust people who offer to help and how much I hate to give up control to anyone who offers to help me. I isolate myself instead of reaching out to family and friends and community. Now, some anonymous person is brightening my day in such a fun way. If someone would be so kind (and silly) as to leave this message, then I can learn to count on the people around me when I need help. This answering machine message is a gift that I did not earn or deserve. It was totally given from the generosity of someone’s heart. I am learning that I really can rely on people to lift me up when I am down or struggling.
I feel so blessed tonight. I feel like I live in a wonderful, magical community full of people who love me and want to make my life happier. I wish for everyone reading this blog that you may experience the same type of joy that I am feeling tonight. And for whoever left that message, and whoever was involved in the planning of the message, thank you, thank you, thank you!