1: benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity
2 a : generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering; also : aid given to those in need
b : an institution engaged in relief of the poor
c : public provision for the relief of the needy
3 a : a gift for public benevolent purposes
b : an institution (as a hospital) founded by such a gift
4: lenient judgment of others
There is nothing I can say to adequately describe the incredible charity I have felt over the past few weeks. People that I consider childhood friends, people who were once considered much less than friends, people I’ve never met and live thousands of miles away, family and the friends that love and know me best have lifted me up in charity. I am forever grateful. This lesson alone has taught me so much. It’s teaching me how much more I need to be for others. I don’t know how or what, but when my little journey with cancer is finished, this will be paid forward.
I have been blessed with so many prayers, prepared dinners, offers of help with my kids, cleaning, and the awesome giant box of throw away cups, plates, napkins and Clorox wipes my super awesome Aunt Kathy left in my backyard yesterday. I’ve been asked on coffee dates from long ago girl friends, shopping dates and phone calls just to ‘air out any frustrations’ or get in some good mom talk. During our busy lives we sometimes forget how important human contact is outside of our immediate family. Refreshed mommies and wives make good mommies and wives! As far as the shopping goes, there’s nothing more embarrassing than asking the elderly gentleman standing in front of the milk section with you if he wouldn’t mind picking up that gallon of milk and lifting it in your cart. Having a broken sternum sucks. The charity of help is such a blessing.
So, thank you, thank you, for the prayers and support. They have made all the difference!
“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38