A Blanket Affair


My neighbor, Linda, began a conversation with the entertaining couple in her mom’s hospital room. The gal’s boyfriend, age 99, explained that they hadn’t married because they couldn’t find the right bridesmaid!

However, the sick woman often complained of the cold and the thought came to Linda to buy her a cosy fleece blanket. She decided it was her God errand for the day.

When Linda told me about the blanket, I thought, “I can do that.” After all, the blanket lady had the same name as one of my favorite aunts. Without saying a word to Linda, I made a blanket and daringly embroidered ‘INGA’ on the corner.

Meanwhile Linda searched the stores, only to discover that January in Canada meant more bathing suits and lounge wear than blankets. Had she misread God’s plan?

She came home to my phone message, asking her to pick up Inga’s gift at my house.

When Linda gave Inga her blanket, she gasped and cried out…“Oh, that there are still such people in the world!”

And Linda had the opportunity to speak Jesus to Inga.

If either of us had ignored God’s subtle hints, Inga might have missed Jesus.

As Linda says, “That’s how it is with people who work for God. We care for strangers through Christ in us. (And I might add….even when the errands seem unnecessary, wonky or even weird!)

Prayer- Lord, may we always be sensitive to your will and pass along Jesus in what ever form you wish us to share. Amen