OK, it's post Christmas; I don't swap hardly at all; and I had not ordered anything. The return city was Aurora, OR but the box came without a name or address. The gift inside was meant to be anonymous so I can only express here how incredibly happy and humbled I am to receive the beautiful manger that is pictured here and the heartfelt note that is signed "A Friend". I can't begin to express how deeply moved I am to receive this gift.
In past blogs I have written: " I was amazed by the wealth of friendship out there and discovered that friendship itself had been redefined". . . and . . . "We all send out ripples and for the most part we have absolutely no idea how our thoughts, words, or actions may effect someone in some future. It's almost a mystical experience to acknowledge that a word or action now could have consequences years from now." But to receive such tangible evidence that I have caused someone, though heavy-hearted, to smile, someone I don't even "know" in the traditional sense, almost moves me to tears.
So, dear FRIEND out there, I want you to know that this manger is more than a manger. It is a representation of Christ's message of Love and I intend to keep it up year 'round. I wish you endless blessings and lightness of heart in 2007 and beyond.