What a weekend! Not only was it my birthday, but I had the privilege of speaking at the Baskets of Hope Benefit in IA. I can’t begin to tell you how blessed I was to meet and serve along side of Renee and her team. Renee is a tiny woman with a BIG heart! My faith was strengthened as each woman shared her story of triumph over cancer and other serious illnesses. The day was an awesome reminder that we serve a God who is faithful.
That remembrance started at the airport when Cheri and I missed our plane.
Panic flooded my entire being when I realized we had missed the plane. I jumped up and somehow cut my forehead. Blood gushed. I had no idea so much blood could pour from a minor cut to the head. Luckily, I had a tissue. Holding the Kleenex over the wound, I applied pressure until I reached the nearest restroom. Cheri headed to Customer service. I was to meet her there once my bleeding stopped.
In the bathroom, I soaked two paper towels with blood before the flow slowed enough for me to catch up with Cheri at Customer service. Once I arrived, Cheri informed me that we had two choices. One, we could try to board the next flight as a Stand-by. Or two, we could pay $150.00 for a guaranteed seat.
“What? One hundred and fifty dollars,” I questioned.
“Yep.” Replied the service rep. “Won’t your company pay for it?” she added.
“No.” I said frankly. “They won’t. They are a non-profit organization that provides hope for children with cancer.”
“Oh.” Said the service rep. “What do the two of you do?”
“I’m a worship leader and she’s the key note speaker for a benefit that helps children with cancer.” Answered Cheri.
“Okay. You’ve got me,” replied the service rep as she typed out two tickets for the next flight to Iowa. “We do something similar for underprivileged kids here at the airport during Christmas. Santa comes, dinner is served, we go the whole nine yards.”
Cheri reached into her bag, pulled out one of her worship CD’s and handed to the clerk as a thank-you for helping us out.
Since God got us out of our pickle, we knew He had big plans for the weekend. Women were not only filled with hope, but a mom and daughter both gave their lives to Christ!
Because Christ so freely gives to me, I decided to give away four copies of my book for my birthday. The lucky winners are…
Cindy in PA
Thank you for the birthday wishes. It was a grand day! You made it all the grander!