During this season of thankfulness we asked our readers “What did someone do for you that made you feel special?” As you will see, it’s not the presents, but the presence of a friend that encourages us to keep pushing forward when we wonder if we will make it through this life. . . Do something special for someone today. They’ll never forget it!
My chiropractor came to my home & worked on me without charge.—Jerry Ann
My 9-year-old daughter made me a cup of hot tea when I had a horrendous migraine. I hadn’t even asked her for anything. —Beth
Right after my father passed away a friend turned up at my house with a teddy bear as big as she was. Then she took me out for a “mystery journey”—her treat. First, to her hairdresser to have my hair done; then out for lunch. —Carole
When I wasn’t feeling well was my four-year-old gr&daughter, Rianna, cuddled me & wiped my head with a wet cloth; I was on the floor after collapsing & being sick from the overloading my liver with medication. She tucked me into bed afterward & held my h&. My sister wasn’t able to help; she hadn’t seen me having “a fit” before & was afraid, so Rianna also comforted her by telling her not to worry, she would look after us both.—Penny
My father paid a cleaning service to come into my home & clean everything, top to bottom, in & out. It really gave me a lift to have everything clean & it was so much easier to keep up after that. —Kim
Someone said she didn’t know how I felt but she cared. —Julie
A friend from church called & said she was coming over to help me. When she got there she wanted to start cleaning, but I told her I wanted her to sit down with me. She did & I cried out my heart to her & she held me & let me cry for over an hour. It felt as if Jesus Himself was holding me. I have never forgotten what she did. She still comes & checks on me & has taken me to doctors’ appointments. I love her because of her Christ-like nature. —Tanya
Someone came with home-made chicken soup. I don’t know whether it was the soup or the caring that made me feel better. —Phyllis
At a church retreat it rained & I could not get out of bed. Not only did people visit me & bring me meals, they squished as many people as would fit into my room & sang for me. I was lifting my h&s & praising God in bed. —Linda
My church made meals, had people buy me groceries, provided companionship & organized rides for me to all my appointments. I was restricted from driving for six months, so that was a lot of rides. Some folks even brought me fancy coffee from Starbucks just because they knew I liked it. I will always be grateful. —Diane
What did someone do to encourage you? Comment below to share! And if yo are looking for more ideas, be sure to check out Lisa’s book Beyond Casseroles: 505 Ways to Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend for lots more ideas!