One More Pleasant Surprise

I have written a few blogs about pleasant surprises and how I pray for one to come my way each day.

Yesterday’s was a whopper!

While preparing the dressing for a salad last night (oil, apple cider vinegar and honey) I was searching the Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar bottle for an expiry date. There was none, but at the bottom of one of the labels was this gem; 3 John 2. I immediately looked it up… Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.

What makes this especially meaningful for me is that today I begin the first of two tests to determine the cause of a health problem.

God bless Patricia Bragg and Paul Bragg.

And I wish you, dear reader, a pleasant surprise today.

Another Pleasant Surprise

Yesterday I wrote about a pleasant surprise that came my way on Sunday. Well, Saturday also held a pleasant surprise. I was expecting two of my daughters to come and have lunch with me and one of them suggested taking in a movie as well. It was a nice surprise. The day was damp and dreary so an afternoon movie sounded perfect…and it was. The movie, The Book Club, was hilarious and the actors were well on in years…Jane Fonda, 80, Diane Keaton and Candace Bergan, 72, and Mary Steenburgen (the youngest) at 65. These ladies not only look good at their age but their acting is still drawing in the patrons.

When we left the theater, a lady in a wheelchair, wearing a neck collar, and crying copious tears, stopped us in our tracks with the lamest sob story I have ever heard. Believe me, you would not want me to repeat it. Of course she was looking for a handout which we acknowledged, but not without telling her that she did not have to tell this long, drawn-out tale of woe…she only needed to say, “Please, I need help.” Some might help, as we did, and some might not, and knowing she was telling a tall tale made it hard to give to her.

One of the Bible’s many life lessons is, “Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.” Matthew 5:42 ESV

The girls went on to the the car and I exchanged names with the lady and wished her well. Christine was her name and as she wheeled away she half-smiled and said, “God bless you, Pat.” Another pleasant surprise. I hope she meant it.