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God Bless You

shutterstock_76478533I stopped for five minutes in a store, aiming to pick up a random birthday gift before our oldest turns 18. We already had some nice presents, but I was looking for the fun factor. While checking out a few things and coming to no firm decision, someone sneezed nearby.

She was not browsing that close to where I was, yet, after a pregnant pause of five seconds or so, I turned and said, “God bless you.”

She replied, “Why, thank you. That was so nice,” and I smiled at her.

The woman appeared to be about 60 years old and wound her way past racks and displays, approaching me.

“It means a lot when people are kind,” she said. “Life has been hard lately.”handling-the-death-of-a-loved-one-with-your-children.

“Oh, I’m sorry,” I touched her arm, looking into her eyes.

“I lost my daughter three weeks ago,” she revealed.

“Oh, my,” I could see she needed to talk. Grief was like that. Better to let it out than to keep it in. “What happened?”

“She was only 35 and the most beautiful girl,” she said, searching for her phone to show me a photo, but it was in the car. “She died of ovarian cancer,” the woman said, tearing up.

“So did my mom….”

b6cbd7732253f9dbca784b8f4a75ecbaWe chatted for about five more minutes, how the daughter had been put into a coma toward the end to relieve her pain, how the mother missed her, and on and on. I gave her some encouraging words and stressed that God loved her and felt her pain, that cancer doesn’t come from Him, and that even out of bad things, good can eventually come.

We hugged each other. She said she felt like she knew me. The tears of appreciation were flowing.

I can say “To your health!” in many languages, but somehow, it just doesn’t have the heartfelt meaning of “God bless you”. Looking up can change everything.


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  1. avatar abby says:

    Beautiful recounting, thank you for sharing that all of us can make a difference. We need to be aware of those around us and leave them encouraged.

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