by Corinne Wnek
Lent, a dour time of penance and repentance for Christians everywhere, is ending soon and Holy Week will be here. During this time, the events leading up to the death of Jesus are remembered before the most glorious and joyous event in human history occurs, the ‘good news’ of Resurrection. But we are in bad need of some good news right now and I’m not sure we can wait for the Resurrection.
The following stories remind us that there is still a lot of good left in the world. Take the ‘anonymous and grateful donor’ story that is making the rounds on the web these days. A young woman, who was getting some coffee in a Dunkin’ Donuts, went back to her car to find a note on it. The note indicated that the person had seen the sticker on her car about this woman’s fiancé being away and serving in Afghanistan.
The note writer told her that he was also a veteran and bemoaned the fact that sometimes veterans are forgotten about when they return from service to their country. He explained that he didn’t want that to happen to this couple so wrote that he was grateful to both of them; the soldier for serving and the woman for waiting. He also left forty dollars “to celebrate over dinner when your guy comes home.” Wow.
As a dog lover, this tale made me jump for joy but not before going through a packet of tissues first. A five year old dog named Leia of El Paso, Texas was the heart and soul of a family who raised her from a pup. During a severe rain storm following a hurricane, Leia became lost and despite searches for her spanning two years, the family believed her to be dead.
But thanks to an animal rescue worker in Colorado, seven hundred miles away from Leia’s home in Texas, a family reunion was about to occur. It seems this animal rescuer posted pictures of Leia on a Facebook site and that’s how the dog’s family spotted her. Traveling to Colorado, after a telephone call proved Leia recognized her owner’s voice, the reunion was even more remarkable when Leia wouldn’t stop licking and kissing her family. How did Leia get to Colorado in the first place? She’s not talking.
A young couple from Pennsylvania was engaged to be married but the wedding was still a long time away. During this time, the groom’s mother became terminally ill and was shortly taken to hospice, her end becoming imminent. The couple, wanting to grant the woman her last wish, to live long enough to attend their wedding, planned an entire ceremony in just twelve hours and held it at her bedside. After taking family pictures with a smiling mother, son and new daughter-in-law, the mother passed away the next day.
In a world filled with worrisome news and gloomy predictions for the future, goodness still trumps evil.
Just like the Resurrection.
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