Saturday, December 12, 2009

I'M MORE THANKFUL TODAY THAN I WAS YESTERDAY.....HERE'S WHY.....

Thursday I went to a Silver Sneakers Christmas party.   That is the name of our exercise class.   The house where we went was magnificient.   It set on 100 acres and had anything and everything a person could ever want or need.  I could have put my house down in their swimming pool. It was a showcase house in all it's glory!  I came home feeling just a little deprived as I stepped into my house.  How does a person accumulate that much in a lifetime?    THEN on Friday, God slapped me square in the face.  Here is how.   We had an old car that hadn't run in two years and the back end was burned out of it.  (Remember when I caught it on fire, burning leaves?)  The A/C was frozen up and it didn't have a belt.  I thought it was beyond fixing.  We were asking 100.00 for it because it had some good usable parts. ( It's a Lincoln Town Car)  A young boy (25)  (HE LOOKED LIKE 16)  contact us and said he had borrowed 75.00 and would we let him have the car for that amount.   I told him yes.  Later, he showed up at my door and told me he had a little problem.  He had to spend some of the 75.00 to buy kerosene  for a heater inside his mobile home.  He said his wife had left him and their three boys.  He was laid off from his job.  He didn't have a car and 61.00 was every penny he had.  He was going to work on the car to see if he could get it running.  He didn't have on gloves or hat and a very thin jacket.  I found him some gloves and a toboggan..  It was 20 degrees outside.  After he had been working for about an hour I went out and ask him if he wanted to come inside to get warm.  He said he was O.K.  I then made him a cup of hot chocolate and took it to him.   Around lunch time I took him a bowl of chili beans and some bread.   I also took him the 61.00 dollars and told him...well, it's Christmas. I told him to take it and buy his boys something for Christmas or milk or a few things they needed.  He cried and I cried.  He said, "THE LORD WILL BLESS YOU."   Well, you know what....my house didn't look so bad after that.   Going from somebody who has everything to somebody who has nothing really opened my eyes.  My house looked pretty good today and  I am more thankful today for my good warm house and all the food I need and for my health...and for a car to drive...And would you believe...he got the car running and drove it home.  He went to Advance Auto and bought a belt..by passed the AC/ somehow.  I signed the title over to him and you would have thought it was a 2010 Ferrari...if you could have seen his face.  Sometime God has a way to make us even more thankful.  Yesterday was one of those days for me!

18 comments:

Beverly said...

What a beautiful post, Clara. It takes something like that to make us realize how blessed we are, doesn't it. God bless that dear young man. I will pray for him.

Rachel said...

What a wonderful post Clara and right at Christmas time! You will be blessed for your good deed, and I hope this young man remembers it always and passes it on to others! I hope that car keeps on running good for him for a long time!

Yes, when things like this happens it does make us more thankful and realize how blessed we are! I've had times like that.

God bless you Clara and the young man!

grammyof13 said...

You've blessed my heart with your story. How God does love us!

Grammyof13

thesouthernlady64 said...

Clara, you have made my Christmas. That is such a wonderful story and I know you feel like it was meant to be so you would realize how lucky you are. We often forget how good we have it until we see someone like this boy. He probably felt like he found a Santa named Clara! Thank you so much for sharing this story.

Anne and Leigh said...

Clara, what a wonderful reminder of how little things matter the most. Thank you for such a wonderful story and for being a wonderful Santa to someone really in need.

Margaret Cloud said...

This is the most touching story I have read in a long time, I could not finish reading it without tears in my eyes. I wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful thing for you to do! I know that God will bless you for this. Your blog is always such an inspiration. I think you are a wonderful Christian lady, this story was a real blessing for me.
Paulette

Betsy from Tennessee said...

What a wonderful story, Clara. We all need to sit ourselves down and count those blessings --and not yearn for 'more' in our lives. There are always many who are much worse off than we are. Maybe you can find a church group who can help this young man at this time in his life.

Hugs,
Betsy

Beth said...

Oh, Clara...what a wonderful story! God bless you for your kindness and may God bless that young man and his family.

W. Latane Barton said...

Oh, Clara. I cried when I read your post. You have just opened my eyes and gave me blessings untold today with your wonderful story. I sure hope that young man is going to be alright and his little boys, too. You are a marvelous dear to help him out like that.

Mountain Mama said...

God bless you Clara! What a sweet story. You made me smile and tear up at the same time. I sure understand how you feel after being in a magnificent home. Mine is a humble cottage but the love thats packed inside this little place makes the walls bulge! And that's what it's all about. Love.
You did good and I truly enjoyed reading your precious story. God bless you and the young man and his family. And Lord please keep that car running well as long as he needs it.

heatherdmc said...

Thank you Clara. This is just what I needed to hear today. You were truly made a blessing to someone that day.

lom said...

Hi Clara, just popped over from Judys site, (over the hill), I read your post with tears running down my face. What we sometimes forget is their is always someone worse off than ourselves

Kate said...

Hi Clara, I too was over at Judy's and was curious enough to call and visit here, firstly let me say that I love your header. Next I adored your post and yeah I too was bubbling away good style.

I have no doubt that your house, though perhaps not in the same league of 'high costing comforts' does I'm sure hold plenty of love you have a big heart and that's what is most important!!

Cheers and Blessings for Christmas Love Kate x.

Grammy said...

I'm with you, Clara! That reminds me of a poem about a man who said he complained because he had no shoes, and then he met a man who had no feet. We are so blessed and then grouse because we don't have what other people have. God blesses us so much, doesn't He?
Love,
Ruby

Anonymous said...

I happened upon your blog today. The name caught my eye because my Great-Grandmother's name is Clara, and I really think it's such a lovely name. I loved your post. I'm sure this young man will remember your generosity for the rest of his life. May you be showered with Christmas blessings!

Anonymous said...

Dee

Love your ♥. So true. And may that young man and his family find favor. Love their ♥s.

jeanmac said...

Bless your heart and Merry Christmas!