This morning, I woke to a wonderful gift piled on my desk.
This glorious stack of books containing the work of poets Wendell Berry, Mary Oliver, and Rainer Maria Rilke was left there along with this note from my wonderful roommate:
What she couldn’t have known when she ordered these books for me from I-share libraries on a night last week, during which my Amazon wishlist had come up in our conversation, was that just yesterday and last night, I spent a significant time in our college library searching for books of poetry by these very same writers and was coming up pretty empty…and then I wake to this gift! An unspoken, simple wish fulfilled-thank you, dear friend!! It made my morning rich.
It is grace, nothing but grace, that we are allowed to live in community with Christian brethren.
In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.