by Catherine M., volunteer in Spokane, WA
“Often it is easy for us to focus so much on the holiday parties, brunch and coffee dates we share with our friends. However, some of our most meaningful encounters are often unplanned. A friend, who I have known for about a year and a half, decided to divorce her husband this past summer. She is one of the most gorgeous women I have ever seen and being confident as well as gregarious, she quickly becomes friends with everyone she meets.
In the fall she was explaining how she felt being recently divorced. She described it as wanting to cry all the time and like she could never be alone. I told her it sounded like a something spiritual and I was so shocked when she agreed. In our year of being friends and sitting next to each other everyday she has never liked to talk about God or anything related.
Following that, I added her to our prayer intentions. A few weeks ago she told me that she finally went to church because she felt like so many people are praying for her and she can’t deny it anymore since signs seem to be all around her. A couple weeks past and today she told me that she went to church again with a group of her coworkers. She described the solace she felt when she went and began to talk about God with me. She also came to the realization that she was too selfish in her marriage and that in her words she “has a heart for single moms” and so she signed up for volunteering at a place that serves meals close by. I spent the whole day after praising God for her new joy. God had made Himself known, all the while unbeknownst to me and without me making a special effort. Just by being present and showing God’s love in little things our friend’s heart was changed.”