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Light Notes: Timely monetary gift creates stunned thankfulness

Lucy Luginbill, Tri-City Herald on

Published in Religious News

So Cathy penned a letter explaining the money was from God and included the check.

"I knew I was supposed to tell them that he is hearing their prayers, he knows what's happening to them, and he is there with them," Cathy said about the message.

A few days later, an envelope addressed to her friends arrived in their distant mailbox. It sat unopened while this couple priced two tires they desperately needed, but absolutely could not afford.

Then, remembering the mail had not been picked up in a day or two, Cathy's friends discovered her letter and gift. Stunned, they stared disbelieving at the amount on the check -- $165.

And the quote they had gotten for the tires? $164.52

Without a doubt, Cathy has learned that when we are "all in" with God, his abundant blessings pour out on others, too.


Malachi 3:10: "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the Lord Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it."

(Lucy Luginbill is a career television producer-host and the Spiritual Life editor for the Tri-City Herald. In her column, she reflects on the meaning of her name, "Light Bringer." If you have a story idea for Light Notes, contact her at

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