Gift of Giving

I was part of an amazing supernatural experience a few weeks ago that took place in my office.

I have a client who lost her husband a few years ago.  They had been in my office several times over several years and I felt like I lost a dear friend when he passed away.  As he declined in health we discussed God, heaven, and other topics, and grew close together in the process.  We even found some time to discuss financial matters when needed.  Since his passing I’ve had the opportunity to continue building our relationship with his widow as I administer their Trust account.

Back in 1996 her husband fell over from a heart attack on the golf course.  There happened to be a young deputy sheriff nearby who ran over and through mouth-to-mouth resuscitation was able to bring him back to life.  They were forever grateful.  The young deputy was forever humble.  For years they tried to give him a gift to express their thanks for the extra years they were able to spend together and he refused.  Said he was just doing his job.  Said their thanks was plenty enough.

My client being the determined lady that she is just couldn’t let it go and asked for my assistance to locate him.  She was amazed and thankful when I came up with his address (where would we be without Google?).  She sought my guidance about pressing him on what he may need, and how we might structure the gift.  I offered my counsel and she went to his home and arranged lunch with him and his family.  She once again expressed her thanks and asked what she could do, now in honor of her deceased husband to thank him.  This time he said he’d think about it.

She arranged an appointment with him in my office to discuss what she might do for him.  We got together and he expressed how hard it was, once again, to accept anything for this event that happened in his early twenties.  I was impressed with his humble attitude.  He went on to say that he had sought counsel from his pastor and discussed it with his wife and came up with only three present needs.  He was no longer working on the force and had taken a teaching job while he pursued a degree from seminary.  He originally thought his tuition was covered by another source, but when he discovered it wasn’t, at his pastor’s urging he agreed to meet.

His needs were simple.  Cover his future tuition at seminary and what he had already paid; a replacement vehicle (used, not new) since his was in need of repair; and their mortgage on a modest home.  He once again indicated anything she gave him would be helpful.

My client told him she wasn’t going to do everything, but put a significant number on the table that she would give.  Our recipient friend didn’t know what to say.  My eyes started to tear up.  She looked at me and asked how we go about doing this.  I suggested that since there was enough we should cover the tuition and used vehicle purchase, and apply the remainder to the mortgage.  Once again, he didn’t know what to say, but the gratitude in his eyes said it all.  I couldn’t help but say this is a direct gift from God and he has provided my client with the opportunity to participate in that gift.  They readily agreed.  My eyes teared even more.  I couldn’t hold them back.  I had been in the midst of greatness.

When the Holy Spirit moves us to participate in what Jesus is doing, it’s an amazing thing.  When we simply observe as a bystander what Jesus is doing we sense somehow that it is supernatural.  God loves his children, and at times chooses to provide for their needs in an amazing way.  We can’t always answer why him versus her, but we can always trust in his love, and when moved to participate, provide and experience the gift of giving.

~ by Craig Kuhlman

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