The Gift

My heartfelt thanks to Cassidy and the staff at Krogers who very unexpectedly gifted this cake to the Sunny Day Club at Brentwood United Methodist Church. There was no gift in mind when I ordered this cake in lieu of favors for a bridal shower I had for the young woman in this photo! Katie’s mother had attended the Sunny Day ministry over a long period of time some years ago, when memory loss at a young age confirmed a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease. When I asked her father who we might provide a donation to honor his deceased wife Cindy, as a surprise for Katie, he immediately mentioned this ministry.

So I took this engagement photo of Katie and Sam,  ordered the cake for pick up yesterday (Aug. 29) and looked forward to seeing the usual good work done in the Kroger bakery. Cassidy called me from Kroger the day before pick up to confirm the details of the order and made a suggestion which proved to be an excellent choice! I arrived to pick up the cake to deliver to the Sunny Day meeting yesterday….and was greeted by this dear young woman, tears in the corners of her eyes, handing me a cake she declared would be their gift! She said the story that surrounded the order touched them….she realized she was very close in age to Katie and wanted to honor her as well as her mother. They wanted to honor the people who would enjoy lots of chocolate and icing—-the members of the Sunny Day Club who are also memory impaired! The leaders and many  volunteers who serve out a weekly commitment to share their lives with these lovely people also enjoyed some cake…I am told it was a good day!

You can imagine my tears as well as the amazement (and some tears!)  by the receivers! Heavens, this young woman changed the story to one of absolute joy.

I left the church thinking that’s what God does. He changes our story.

(Written with permission from the family)

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