On Sunday, September 3, 2017, on our 17th wedding anniversary, I got to Portland Church around 8:45 a.m. and I saw a #10 envelope with a return address adorned with gold color fonts, in my mailbox.
I picked it up with excitement and wondered if it was from the Prime Minister of Canada, as the address was 1 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON. But a few minutes later, it dawned on me that this might be a standard thank you note from the Governor General, The Honourable David Johnston, to whom I had sent a copy of my first book of Poetry, Prayers and Photography (August 2016), through a friend.
A little voice inside of me, said, “I bet it is a standard thank you note prepared by his secretary and sent to all the people who send him a variety of things.” However, another part of me waited for something more than just a standard thank-you letter.
I opened the envelope carefully, as I did not want to harm the beautiful emblem on the envelope flap. To my surprise, this was not a standard thank you letter, this was a handwritten note, that expressed a humble and honourable person’s heart. It reads:
“24, August, 2017
Thank you for your deeply touching book “The True Gift Lives on-
and your ‘verbatim’ interview and thank God for your journey to Canada and your ministry here.
I think of C. S. Lewis, ‘Surprised by Joy’ – what joy you show.
We will share your beautiful book with our 14 grandchildren. Yes, we are blessed.
The past 7 years have been lots of joy for Sharon and me.
We would be deeply grateful if you would remember us in your prayers.
Our Best Regards,
What a learning curve!
Before I opened the letter, my thoughts predetermined that this must have been a standard thank you note prepared by an administrator – however, I am glad that my negative presumptions were put to shame.
How often do we jump to conclusions and prejudge others, and realize afterwards that we were so wrong?
This hand-written note, not only taught me how to NOT jump to conclusions, it also reminded me, that the character of a noble person is never predetermined by their titles, but by their kind heart and humbleness.
I am truly grateful to God for always guiding, teaching and reminding me to follow the footsteps of Jesus and remain grateful for all that I am, because of Grace.
May we continue to live a life of Grace, and continue to walk daily in the WAY of Jesus – Our brother, example and friend. Amen.