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Kerry's Story - Being a blessing in her neighborhood!

Monday, December 20, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
I decided, after Matt's challenge one Sunday morning, to bake cakes for the people on our street as a way to say thank you for their support over the last couple of months. For me baking is a difficult process as much I bake does not come out well, but off to the store I went for supplies. I shared with the check-out person my plans when she remarked about all of the cake mixes and jellos that were lining up. She smiled and thought that it was a great way to bless everyone. I baked all day thinking of each person/family and of all the ways that they have been there for me in the past. I saw progress as I lined up the cakes on the table and felt a sense of accomplishment. I then wrote each family a thank you note expressing my gratitude for what they had done for me and proceeded down the lane to deliver. I was laughing at myself as I carried cakes down the lane only to run back to the house to get more cakes. I was imagining what the neighbors might have been thinking if they were sitting there watching me - waiting to see if they would get one too. I spent some time with a couple of the families that I hadn’t seen in quite a while and listened as they filled me in on the happenings in their families. It surprised me that they were so surprised that someone would, out of the blue, bake a cake for them. When I finished I felt happy that I could give such a small token in return for all that my little neighborhood had given me. God blessed me that day with a peace that I had not felt in a long time as I realized that giving without expectation of return was truly a give to the giver.
 
Kerry is a local to Grottoes and a member of FBC Grottoes.

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