Warmth. When someone is so genuine and kind, sometimes it brings me to tears.
I had that experience tonight. A colleague that I have known for a few years, one who ALWAYS lends a kind word or a beaming smile, stopped by my office. She asked for my permission to give me a gift for Kelsey through her church ministry. She described the ministry, and I was touched. The sentiment was genuine and kind.
The next day, she delivered two prayer shawls. I did not even have time to process the gesture when she dropped the bag off to me, nor did I look closely at the contents. As I left for the day, I smiled as I read the tags, full of joy.
However, when I came home and shared the shawl with Kelsey, together we put them on and both burst into tears. We were truly overcome with a presence and a connection that words cannot explain. The adult size is a purple hue that matches our foundation’s logo exactly. I actually had chills when I gently removed it from the bag. The tiny-version is a lighter shade for Kelsey. They are simply beautiful.
Kelsey said that she had never felt so warm and just did “not know what to say over a gift like this.” Nor do I Kelsey…
These intricate shawls feel like a blessing and a warm hug when you surround your shoulders with them. Hopefully, Kels is watched a little more closely now with this draped in her room. She wants to wear hers every night and pray that her needles go away.
I will do the same.
To the ministry and the thoughtfulness of a wonderful woman, words enough do not say thank you. However, I will say them anyway, thank you!