My Unintentional Gift

Sunday, June 9, 2024
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Over twenty years ago, my husband and I rented out the house that we have up north to a young family. Their lease was for one year, and we received the first and the last month's rent before they moved in during the late fall. After occupying the house for five months, they called to tell us that they would be moving out. They owed us money — three months' back rent. They assured us that the back rent would be paid in full before they moved out. We weren't happy because we would have to find new tenants again.

The following weekend, several weeks before our usual annual first trip up north, we called to tell them when we would be arriving. When we arrived, the house and front yard looked deserted. No car in the driveway or curtains on the windows. They were gone! We were stunned! The front door was closed but opened at the turn of the doorknob, and the keys were left on the kitchen counter. No note, no forwarding address, and no money. I was shocked — we needed those funds to pay our own bills.

I walked into each empty room in disbelief. Then, I walked into the master bedroom and saw a box of books in the corner. When I looked through the box, I saw some romance novels and one other book, a Bible. When I saw the Bible, I thought, Oh, no! She forgot to take her Bible with her. I couldn't call, nor could I send it on to her. So, I took the Bible home that weekend, and it became my Bible, the one that I have been using over the past twenty years: the New International Version Women's Devotional Bible. No matter where I have roamed, whether on a long or short journey, this Bible has always been within arm's reach.

Over the years, I have never forgotten her, not because of the money that she owed us, but because of her unintentional gift to me — her Bible! And I pray today that she is alive, happy, healthy, and well.

Matthew 6:12 – Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (NIV)

I was able to forgive her because Jesus has forgiven me. It is essential for all of us to forgive others, if only for our own sake and health, but also, importantly, because Jesus went on to explain what will happen if we don't.

Matthew 6:14-15 – For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (NIV)

Prayer: Dear Jesus, please open our hearts to forgive others when they do us wrong. Please forgive them for their actions and fill them with Your peace. We thank You, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you, Yvonne, for today’s devotional.

    Thanks for sharing, Yvonne. Have a blessed day.

    Good thing you warned me that this was coming.
    Thank you.

    Amen Yvonne. Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience.

    Thank you for this devotion. I really need to order this Bible. At 76 I’ve been losing out all these years. Blessings to you.

    Oh My Yvonne, what a story. AND, what an unexpected blessing. I am wondering if I would see the events as you have seen them… I would hope so. Thank you for sharing.

    Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us. Sometimes it’s so very hard to forgive serious transgressions against us, but when we do, we are set free of all entanglements! Thanks for sharing this reminder of God’s grace to us. Blessings.

    Greetings Yvonne. You truly did receive an unintentional gift. Many blessings for your forgiving heart toward those renters. We never know who the Lord puts in our lives, and He is ever watchful of how we react. Thanks for this encouraging devotional and sharing about this happening in your life.

    Good morning, Yvonne,
    I am crying as I read your devotional. It is so beautifully written to encourage us all to remember to forgive. I didn’t even know there was a Bible written for WOMEN. It warms my heart to know that this became very important in your life.
    I believe she gave you another gift to let you know they were leaving so you knew you had to find new tenants.
    Thank you for sharing the importance of this Bible in your life. Blessings.

    Forgiveness is key to spiritual and emotional peace.

    Hi Yvonne… a great forgiveness story. The rubber hit the road!

    Good morning, Yvonne,
    It happens at times that something bad turns out good.
    Thank you for your good words yesterday.

    Thank you, Yvonne, for sharing your story. What a great attitude! May we all follow your example.

    Yvonne has a God given talent. Something that I am proud of to know she shares her heart with many. Those who know her and those that do not. May she continue to shine her light on all of us. In Jesus Name.
    Amen and Amen.

    We’ve been left the same way a few times, but I really like how you found a blessing in it instead of a grudge. Great advice for us all!

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