An Ash Wednesday to Remember

I was feeling tired on Ash Wednesday and  decided to get ashes in my Chelsea neighborhood instead of going to my church Marble.  I had lunch at a Vietnamese restaurant and when I went to the cashier to pay I didn’t have my wallet. I’m sure you know that sinking feeling of embarrassment that takes hold as you frantically look in your bag again and again but no wallet.  I asked to see the manager and the owner appeared and said, “no worries lady” Pay next time. I offered to leave my check book, (the only means of ID) I had on me. Standing beside me was a young woman who added my tab on her bill. I was stunned. She didn’t know. I vowed to never complain about millennials again. Her name was Claudia Crook. A funny name for someone who had just helped me out. I offered to give her a check which she accepted, another surprise to me. Because if it bounced it would cost her a substantial fee, but she took it.  I share this story because it was a meaningful day for me. A day that reignited my faith and my belief that Angels roam the earth interceding in the most unlikely situations. Claudia was placed on the road as I navigate my faith journey, at the very moment I needed a spark to reignite my faith in others.  A good Samaritan, indeed. She will never know how much I needed her. May she have a life full of miracles. She lives somewhere in Chelsea and I will find her.

Shared by Carmen Mattias

Published by marblewomen A group of women from Marble Collegiate Church who come together to be inspired and nurtured in our spiritual growth and to be supported through the challenges of life. Our activities include spiritually-oriented programs, small groups, community involvement, social and recreational events and our annual retreat.

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