My bride, Susan Mansfield, posted this last night on Face book -
"Turning sadness into blessings is a challenge for most. Tonight as I was shopping for "goodies" to mail off to Colin Mansfield for his birthday, I was interrupted with, "Ma'am, I'd like to pay for your items."
Taken off guard, I asked, "Why?" Nervously, she replied, "My friend lost a baby to SIDS and today would've been his first birthday, his name was, Liam."
"My friend asked me and others to do a random act of kindness in his memory." Without hesitation, I hugged her and told her of my loss of a son and that what I was buying was for my 2nd son.
Sadness into blessings, though I never knew you, Liam, your life blessed me AND Colin today. Someday I will meet you; and to your mother, thank you for being brave and turning sadness into blessing.
Thank you to the young women paying it forward."
This morning I read the blog post by Liam's mommy, Jessica.
And I understood her pain.
And then I thought of the lady at the store who paid it forward to my wife on Liam's behalf.
I sensed God's presence just in hearing Susan's retelling of the story to me last night.
Eternity has a way of breaking in on us every so often.
This story is an example of it.
May we each pay it forward and remember a cutie pie named Liam Byrne.
The trailer of the film, Pay it Forward, reminds us all to keep investing in people - even complete strangers - those who the Lord puts near us.