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home : good life : good life October 20, 2014

4/29/2014 3:53:00 PM
A crooked mailbox
Kaye Singleton

“Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible. A post on Facebook reminded me of an incident that happened a few years ago. It was early evening when I heard an awful thud outside my house. Going out to see what was going on left me clueless. Everything seemed peaceful. It was getting dark when my husband returned. I told him what I heard. We walked out toward the street and it was obvious that someone had hit the mailbox. All of a sudden a car pulled into the driveway. A woman stepped out and told the story.

She said her teenage son hit our mailbox. The mother was a passenger in the car and insisted on coming back to take responsibility for his actions. He was so shook up he didn’t want to come and face the consequences. She explained that she was a single mother trying her best to raise this son on limited funds.

She offered to pay to have another mailbox put up. It was obvious that her car had taken the blow of hitting the cemented mailbox. My husband was merciful and told her that it was fine since the mailbox had not fallen, it was just crooked from being hit so hard. Every time that young man or his mother drives past our house they are reminded that mercy lives there. The crooked mailbox serves a purpose besides receiving mail. Today, I am thankful for the mercies of the Lord. Each day I receive grace and mercy from Him. I want to continue being merciful so I can continue to receive His mercy!

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