Sunday, October 4, 2015


"All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey the LORD your God…”

--Deuteronomy 28:2

As I’ve mentioned before, I lost my old house through foreclosure. Most of my other belongings are in paid storage, but some of them were and still are in my former neighbor’s garage. About three weeks ago, when I moved into my apartment, my VA case worker gave me a ride over to the old neighborhood to pick up some things from the neighbor. So I got to see the reborn house.

I knew that it had undergone an extensive remodeling and had been flipped, because I looked up the address via Google. So, when I was in the neighborhood, I decided to knock on the door. A pretty, young woman named Carmen answered the door and, when I told her who I was—with some confirmation—she was thrilled to allow me to see what had been done.

My former home is beautiful.

Carmen said that when she saw the house for the first time, she hugged the walls and told her husband, Pierre, that she wanted to grow old and die there. I didn’t get to meet Pierre that day, but Carmen invited me back for a gathering they were planning and that gathering was yesterday.

I had totally forgotten about the invitation—due to my storage situation, now resolved—but I received a text message reminder from Carmen. So I got on the bus and went over there.  Carmen and Pierre are originally from the Philippines, so their gathering featured some delicious Filipino food, of which Carmen would not let me leave without a container.

I have many things about which I’m grateful to God. But I never expected this quiet, peaceful feeling I have about my old house being owned by someone else; I grew up in that house. But seeing those two beautiful, generous, kind people in their house makes me happy.

Thank you, God, for the unexpected blessing. And, thank you, Carmen and Pierre, for being the agents of it.

Thank you, family and friends, for helping me save my earthly inheritance! You are the best!

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