She found counting blessings to be a helpful practice, so when she found out her friend was battling cancer, she sent her a special gift.
- Posted on Mar 24, 2017
Three years ago I made a blessing bowl after seeing the idea in a magazine. Every night I wrote down a blessing I’d received earlier that day, and at the end of the year I read through the colorful strips of paper. It’s a great way to remember the gifts—big and small—in my life.
Then I found out my friend Vivian was battling cancer. When friends sent her get-well gifts like teddy bears, art supplies and her favorite snacks, Vivian shared her appreciation in Facebook posts. That’s just like what I put in my blessing bowl, I thought after she thanked someone for sending roses.
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Why not make Vivian a blessing bowl of her own? I picked up a pretty bowl at the craft store and cut up slips of paper for her to record everything that helped her get through her cancer fight. I was so excited to send it, I rushed straight over to the post office.
Vivian posted a photo of her blessing bowl and her gratitude for the blessings in her life, including our friendship. The biggest blessing was yet to come—her doctor declared her cancer-free.
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