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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Writing a Letter (handwritten correspondence) (10/21/10)

TITLE: Feeling Alone
By Philip Barrington


A True Story

I was working with a Christian company when I was in my twenties. A sum of money was given to the employees at one Christmas for the sole purpose to give to a missionary of our own choice. I asked my boss about a missionary that he would suggest, to give my donation to.

My heart was in it. I sent the cheque with a kindly letter stating this might help them get back to the mission field. With this correspondence, I thought I would get a thank you letter from them.

On my way to work for a night shift, I quickly retrieved my letters from the mail box. I instantly opened it and read it. My mouth dropped, my heart sank as I read it.

Not remembering now what it said, in a nicely handwritten letter, the content revealed how nasty and how unthoughtful I was supposed to be sending them the letter and the money, because I had no intentions of continuing support.

Feeling alone with disappointment and heart broken, I threw the letter in the bin. Dragging my feet, I continued to go to work with a gloomy heart.

Maybe being a bit more mature, I could have found out what the problem may have been. I certainly did not mean to hurt them in anyway. Whilst I did not feel guilty or in my mind cause the problem, I prayed for them.

What we do or our reaction to things may not be important to us, but they may be important to others. Sometimes we do things not knowing what we do, can hurt another.

Reaction from others may not stem from what we have done. The reaction could be what someone else has done or what they think has been done to them.

My reaction of throwing the letter away may have been an immature thing to do at the time. It could have been what God expected me to do, so He could do what he wanted for their lives.

We can learn from our mistakes and become the person that God wants us to be. At the same time he can deal with the person that we may have had correspondence with, even if we have lost contact.

We need not feel alone. God knows what he is doing.

For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone. Ps 86:10 KJV

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Virgil Youngblood 10/29/10
And God says, "You haven't seen anything yet -- the best is yet to come." Thanks for the reminder that he helps us overcome our mistakes and to grow closer to Him.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/30/10
You make a couple of really great points. First if we do donate we shouldn't expect anything in return. Second that God uses us in ways we cannot imagine. Thanks for the messages.
Jan Ackerson 10/31/10
Wow--what a shocker!

I'd have liked to read the contents of the letter, even if you had to re-create them, and to have some dialogue, perhaps between you and the boss. Those things would liven up the read.

I'm glad that you prayed for the missionaries, and I hope that letter wasn't indicative of their ministry style!

Beth LaBuff 11/01/10
Wow, a pretty rude and heartbreaking letter to be received by someone who only sought to give out of Christian love and good intentions. :( You kinda wonder what is going on in some people's minds.
Henry Clemmons11/02/10
Nice lesson. I enjoyed it.
Catrina Bradley 11/02/10
You've presented a wonderful lesson. This line stood out in my heart---"Reaction from others may not stem from what we have done. The reaction could be what someone else has done or what they think has been done to them." A GREAT reminder. Thank you!