Inspired by generosity at check-out line

Even though I have been on this earth for a long time, I am still surprised by the things people do. This Christmas season, amid sad stories in the news and my own daily challenges, I was once again surprised.

After church on Dec. 23, I stopped by CVS to pick up a few necessities, but when I got to the cash register, I was horrified to discover that I had forgotten my billfold.

I apologized to the cashier and to the people in line behind me: “I’m afraid I don’t have any money. I must have left my billfold at home.”

As I prepared to go home, planning to come back and pick up the needed items, a man in line behind me stopped me. He took out his wallet, pulled out a $50 bill, and paid for my purchase.

I didn’t know his name or where he was from, and all he said was “Merry Christmas.”

I’m afraid I was too stunned to say more than “thank you,” but I want to share this wonderful and thoughtful event with others.

There are many tragic events in the world, but there are still many kind and generous people.

Although I can’t repay the kind man who helped me, I will certainly pass along his generosity to others. That’s what the Christmas season is all about: because of God’s generous gift of life in Jesus, we learn how blessed we are, and how to bless others. Merry Christmas to all.