A Story from the Hope Chest

Posted by on April 12, 2012 under Articles, Bulletin Articles, Bulletins, Front Page Posts

A Story From the Hope Chest
By Sharon Faries

Have you ever had a stranger share their joy with you?  Or two strangers?  When the Hope Chest reopened last Tuesday, April 3 after being closed for two weeks, that is what happened.  Quite often we get excited when a man will find a suit, shirt, and tie and tell us that he has just found his new Sunday clothes; or a lady finds a new Sunday church dress, but this day was different.

Two ladies were standing in line waiting to be checked out.  They could hardly wait to get to the head of the line to tell us their story of joy.  They told us that they were now best friends because of God and the Hope Chest.  We wondered, “How does the Hope Chest get credit for that?”  They shared that they were strangers to one another last fall when they happened to visit the Hope Chest at the same hour one day.  They met there and they left realizing that they had found a new best friend.  The ladies spoke of sharing fun and hardships with one another over the following days.  They mentioned that they often prayed for one another and would frequently pray over the phone for one another.  We were overjoyed as these new best friends stood there smiling and hugging each other and saying thank you to us for providing more than new clothing and shoes.  They were given a friendship full of God’s joy.


I shared with them a saying that we say to one another almost every Sunday morning: “God is good … all the time; and all the time … God is good.”  These ladies loved that and they walked out repeating the words.

I wonder what these ladies are doing today?  My guess is that they are sharing their blessings from God and praying with one another for us.